Estonian PM: No reason to panic over virus

  • 2020-03-05
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - Estonia is in the process of halting the spread of the novel coronavirus and there is no reason for panic, Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas said on Thursday.

"There is not reason to panic at this point," Ratas said at the government press conference on Thursday. "We are in the stage of halting the spread in order to keep it minimal."

Ratas noted that the situation with the coronavirus in Estonia is similar to the problems that emerged in 2017 with ID cards. In this situation, too, the government regularly had to provide information on the latest developments.

The premier said that in addition to other coronavirus-related matters, the government also discussed guidelines for when a case of the disease should be found at an establishment of education. Ratas noted that in accordance with general instructions, the institution should be prepared to close for two weeks.

A third case of the novel coronavirus was diagnosed in Estonia on Wednesday. The individual, a resident of Tallinn, had returned from a trip to Italy last week.

The Health Board analyzed 43 samples on Wednesday, of which one taken from a middle-aged resident of Tallinn, who arrived from northern Italy by plane on Feb. 29, tested positive. 

Having arrived in Riga, the third coronavirus carrier drove their personal car to Tallinn. Their symptoms included fever and joint pain. The individual is being treated at home, and the health condition of the people they have come into close contact with is being monitored by the Health Board. 

Samples taken from the people the second confirmed coronavirus patient, a resident of Tartu, has come into close contact with all tested negative for the disease.