Over 100 health care workers in Estonia have contracted coronavirus

  • 2020-04-08
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - Arkadi Popov, chief medical officer at the Health Board's crisis management headquarters, said it has been determined that altogether 102 health care workers across Estonia have contracted the novel coronavirus.

Popov told journalists on Wednesday that blanket testing of front-line employees determined that the rate of the spread of the virus among front-line workers is very low. A lion's share of health care workers have not fallen ill, Popov affirmed. He added that altogether 102 health care workers across Estonia have been determined to have COVID-19.

The first health care worker to die due to the virus was a carer employed at Kuressaare Hospital, the woman passed away on Tuesday.

The Health Board announced earlier on Wednesday that during the past 24 hours, a 92-year-old woman died at West Tallinn Tallinn Central Hospital and a 53-year-old woman at Kuressaare Hospital. The Health Board said that they were informed about a third death, the passing of a 73-year-old man at Kuressaare Hospital on Monday, with a delay. Altogether 24 coronavirus patients in Estonia have died of COVID-19.