Health Board: Ten recent COVID-19 cases linked to same Tallinn company

Martin Kadai.
Martin Kadai. Source: Priit Mürk/ERR

Ten people have contracted the coronavirus at a food production company in Tallinn, the Health Board (Terviseamet) said Friday.

Of the 20 new COVID-19 cases reported in the past 24 hours, 11 were in Tallinn, with a further four in Harju County, outside of the capital. Martin Kadai, Head of the Emergency Medicine Department at the Health Board, said that most of the new cases are related to the Tallinn firm.

"There's a specific company in Harju County where there are ten cases registered," Kadai said, adding that he didn't want to reveal the name of the company.

"Since there are a lot of staff working in the company, it is expected that there could be additional cases, because there has been contact between the employees."

ERR's online news in Estonian reports that the company is a food handling company, and hasn't yet been quarantined entirely.

While Tuesday saw zero new COVID-19 cases reported in the preceding 24 hours, the figure for Friday stood at 20 - 10 of these from staff at the same firm.

Other rises in reported figures follow travel restrictions lifting

Other recent spikes in numbers have happened in line with lifted travel and othe restrictions. On Monday, Estonia permitted travelers from EU/EEA countries which reported a rate of 15 cases per 100,000 or fewer, in the preceding 14 days.

Another similar spike occured in the second half of May after Finland and Estonia permitted travel between both countries for work purposes.

"We have to take into account that the number of cases is higher in Finland and Sweden," Kadai said.

Kadai expressed concerns that people have been going to work while exhibiting coronavirus symptoms, which would also enable the virus to spread.

"The question is not just in traveling or moving between countries, but we can see based on these cases that people are not paying attention to their symptoms," Kadai said.

"This worries me, because the easier and more logical solution would be to act responsibly: If symptoms occur, the individual stays at home, avoids contact with other people, contacts their family doctor and today, we have all the possibilities to test people."


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