Passengers from coronavirus risk areas monitored at Tallinn Airport

  • 2020-02-28
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - Passengers from coronavirus risk areas are monitored at the border inspection point in Tallinn Airport, which has additionally begun distributing guidelines and protective masks as needed, thermal cameras are also soon to be installed at the airport to detect passengers who have developed a fever, the Estonian Ministry of the Interior said.

The Ministry of the Interior in cooperation with the Police and Border Guard Board are prepared to expand the monitoring activities to other border inspection points as well, spokespeople for the ministry told BNS on Friday.

"For instance, ahead of the arrival of a plane from Italy, we asked the carrier whether or not any people manifesting virus symptoms had boarded the plane, and the border officials were ready to equip them with protective masks to reduce the likelihood of contagion as well as call the ambulance upon their arrival," Minister of the Interior Mart Helme said.

"The Police and Border Guard Board are monitoring all passengers arriving at the airport from risk areas and detecting those who might need to undergo health inspection. Information on the symptoms of the coronavirus COVID-19 is also provided at the airport and at the seaport so that people could recognize them and know what to do when they appear."

The minister said that there is no reason for panic.

"The coronavirus has not caused an emergency in Estonia and we will do all in our power to prevent one," he said. Helme added that thermal cameras will soon be installed at Tallinn Airport and Tallinn Old City Harbor to help monitor passengers who have developed a fever. Disinfectants will be made available at airports, seaports, bus stations, educational institutions and other public spaces.

The Ministry of the Interior recommends to follow instructions on the website of the Health Board and call the family physician hotline 1220 or +372 634 6630 in case of health concerns.