Estonian Education Ministry: Students who visited coronavirus risk areas should stay home

  • 2020-03-02
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - The Estonian Ministry of Education and Research in agreement with the Health Board advises for students who have recently traveled to areas where an outbreak of the novel coronavirus has emerged to stay at home for two weeks.

"The break is over and schools will resume regular work tomorrow. The first COVID-19 case was diagnosed in Estonia last week and in order to halt the spread of the virus, we must all act consciously. The threat of the virus should be taken seriously; therefore, we would advise for schools to allow students who have in the meantime traveled to high-risk areas to stay at home for 14 days," Estonian Minister of Education and Research Mailis Reps said on Sunday.

"Schools are well equipped to use modern learning methods enabling for students who remain at home for a short period to achieve the intended learning outcomes. It is also a good opportunity for [students] to apply their independent learning skills," the minister said.

The ministry recommends staying informed and up to date about the virus via the Health Board's website https://www.terviseamet.ee/en/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-previously-known-2019-ncov .

Last week, the first case of COVID-19 was diagnosed in Estonia, and the state immediately began taking action to halt further spread of the virus.

Coronavirus suspicions are only justified if a person has both recently traveled to an area affected by the virus and is also exhibiting the corresponding symptoms. Otherwise the person may have contracted influenza or a similar virus. The novel coronavirus is predominantly spread through close contact with someone who has visited China and has symptoms of respiratory illness, such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.

According to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), areas with presumed community transmission include China, Iran, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, and the Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy, Piedmont and Veneto regions of northern Italy.