Two Kuremäe nuns test positive for coronavirus

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Pühtitsa Dormition Convent (Kuremäe Convent) in Ida-Viru County
Pühtitsa Dormition Convent (Kuremäe Convent) in Ida-Viru County Source: Rene Kundla/ERR

The novel coronavirus has spread among two families in Estonia — one of them a family of four in Tallinn, and the other a family that recently held a birthday party in the Northeastern Estonian town of Narva-Jõesuu after which six of the 12 attendees contracted the virus. In addition, two nuns from the Pühtitsa Dormition Convent (Kuremäe Convent) in Ida-Viru County likewise tested positive for the virus on Friday, daily Postimees reports.

The outbreak in the Tallinn family began after a family member returned from Russia and infected other family members.

Of the 12 people who attended the birthday party in Narva-Jõesuu on June 28, six had contracted the virus by Friday. The group was infected by a truck driver who had traveled from Russia to Estonia for work. The latter has returned to Russia; however, the attendees of the party reside in both Narva and Tallinn.

Two nuns at Kuremäe Convent who had returned from Russia also tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday, according to the daily. Their cases will be reflected in the Health Board's statistics on Saturday. After returning to Estonia at the start of July, they self-isolated in an apartment in Narva and have not come into contact with other people. The condition of both women deteriorated and they are undergoing hospital treatment; one of the two women is currently in serious condition.

Established in 1891, Kuremäe Convent is the only active Russian Orthodox convent in Estonia.

How is travel allowed between Estonia, Russia?

The Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) explained to daily Postimees (link in Estonian) that they do not check people as they are leaving Estonia and do not interfere with anyone leaving the country.

According to Russian regulations dating back to late March, the Russian Federation has allowed foreign citizens to leave the country, but after that they are subject to two weeks of self-isolation upon return to Estonia.

Russian citizens residing in Estonia on a residence permit are permitted to enter the Russian Federation, but they may only return to Estonia once restrictions on the Russian side are lifted.


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Editor: Aili Vahtla

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