Coronavirus appears in Baltic states

The first confirmed case of the coronavirus has been confirmed in the Baltic states, with Estonia’s ERR News saying that the country’s social affairs minister Tanel Kiik stating Thursday morning that a case had been detected Wednesday evening.

“I have to say that this morning information that the first infected individual has just been found in Estonia,” Kiik told ETV magazine show “Terevisioon”.

Kiik said the affected individual is an Iranian national resident in Estonia, who had not recently arrived in the country either by plane or by sea, but instead had arrived in Estonia by bus from Riga, Latvia.

“The passengers on the [same] bus are currently being identified and contacted,” Kiik said, though was unable to say how many people had been on the bus and had had contact with the infected person.

The individual is currently in isolation in hospital, which Kiik said should prevent the further transmission of the virus, and work was ongoing to identify those who the victim had come into contact with.

Kiik declined to say which town or which hospital the individual was currently under care in. However, the Health Board says that they are in the infections clininc at the West Tallinn Central Hospital (Lääne-Tallinna keskhaigla).


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