Tartu resident with covid symptoms visited nightclub, spa, cinema and shops

Social distancing sign and hand sanitizer in Werner Cafe in Tartu.
Social distancing sign and hand sanitizer in Werner Cafe in Tartu. Source: Helen Wright /ERR

A Tartu resident with coronavirus symptoms, who later tested positive, visited a spa, nightclub, cinema and various shops. The Health Board has said such irresponsible behavior could trigger a new outbreak.

Based on the information currently available, the person who gave the positive sample visited the nightclub Vabank on July 18 during the virus' infectious period and went to Meresuu spa in Narva-Jõesuu in Ida-Viru County on July 19. 

In addition, the person visited various stores and on July 23 went to a cinema screening which started at 9 p.m. in Tartu's Lõunakeskus shopping center. The Health Board wrote on Facebook on Friday the person went to the cinema after they had taken the test for coronavirus. The person had a fever before taking the test.

Only after the positive diagnosis did the person start self-isolating.

Tiia Luhti, the head of the Southern Regional Department of the Health Board, said on Friday this is extremely dangerous behavior, which in addition to endangering one's own health, may also have an impact on the formation of the so-called second wave.

"As a result of such behavior, the infection may become widespread," said Luht, who said that if a person has symptoms they should stay home and contact a family doctor.

"The arrival of various major events and the normal functioning of society depend directly on our responsibility. The more we ignore this fact, the more serious the consequence will be for all of us," she added. 

People who may have been exposed to a person carrying the coronavirus should monitor their health and call a family doctor if they develop symptoms. 

COVID-19 is a droplet infection caused by human-to-human sneezing and coughing, and the SARS-CoV-2 virus that spreads through contaminated surfaces and unwashed hands.


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Editor: Helen Wright

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