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The first person infected with COVID-19 has died in Estonia

The Health Board has received confirmation on the first person in Estonia who has passed away due to COVID-19. “Our deepest condolences to the family. This is a very emotionally hard moment and an extremely sad day. This shows that we must continue our fight against the spread of the virus,” said the medical director of the Health Board crisis cell, doctor Arkadi Popov.

The deceased was an 83-year-old woman who had been hospitalized in the West Tallinn Central Hospital on March 20. The patient had a known prior chronic cardiovascular problem.

“We have to be prepared that more people might die in Estonia because of this disease, which is why it is particularly important that we refrain from close contact with the elderly and the chronically ill. Let us protect our elderly and immunocompromised people – keeping a distance is critically important to them,” noted doctor Arkadi Popov.

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