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Second coronavirus case confirmed in Estonia

Terviseamet kinnitas täna, 3. märtsil, Eestis teise COVID-19 haigusjuhtumi.

The Health Board has confirmed a second Covid-19 case in Estonia today, on March 3 2020.

The infected person arrived in Riga on the 29th of February on a flight from Bergamo, Italy. Then the person travelled to Estonia with a personal vehicle. The victim currently has mild symptoms of Covid-19 and is being monitored at home.

The Estonian Health Board is in the process of locating all the people who have had contact with the infected person. Anyone who has been in close contact is being actively monitored: they are required to stay at home for 14 days and the Health Board will check their health daily.

As of today, there are 2 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Estonia. The first case was found on Wednesday evening on a person who travelled to Tallinn from Riga on the 27th of February. The individual was hospitalized immediately and is currently recovering.

In total, approximately 100 people have been tested for Covid-19 in Estonia and 98 tests have been negative. According to the Health Board, it is likely that individual cases of Coronavirus will be found in Estonia because of tourism and international travel. Therefore, swift confirmation of possible cases and mapping the people who have been in contact with the infected person is of utmost importance to stop the disease from spreading.

People who suspect that they are suffering from coronavirus should consult either their family physician or family physician advisory line 1220. In the event of a serious health problem call the emergency number 112.

There are reasonable grounds for suspecting a coronavirus infection if you have recently travelled to an area affected by the outbreak and have symptoms specific to the disease. In other cases, it is likely that you have contracted the commonly occurring influenza or another similar virus.

The best protection against the spread of infectious diseases is to comply with regular hygiene standards. Hygiene rules such as hand washing and avoiding contact with people who display symptoms of respiratory illness should be followed – cover your mouth and nose if necessary.

After returning from a risk area, you should monitor your health for 14 days, if possible, stay home from work or school, and if you develop a fever or cough or have difficulty breathing, contact your doctor immediately and inform them of your trip.

 

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