Discussions about the local spread of the coronavirus and the origin of the source of infection are still not clear, but at the same time, virus cases related to foreign trips or visitors may increase in Estonia, the Health Board (Terviseamet) has announced.
Irina Dontšenko, Adviser at the Department of Communicable Diseases Surveillance and Epidemic Control at the Health Board, said at a press conference on Thursday that the 14-day cumulative number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants in Estonia is one of the lowest in the EU. As of Thursday, this was 1.51 per 100,000.
Dontšenko said: "We should definitely know the origin of all the cases. Until the source of the infection is clear, we cannot say that there is a local spread." In addition, 16 cases have been confirmed in the last 14 days, two of which are unknown.
At the same time, Dontšenko said the two who were tested positive for COVID-19 had not gone abroad, and were infected inside Estonia.
Of 12 people from abroad who were registered positive, five were from Ukraine, two from Poland and Russia, and one from the United States, the United Kingdom and Spain each.
Dontšenko added: "We were aware that lifting the restrictions and opening up travel would increase the risk of new cases of the virus. As we know, not all countries have the same lovely situation as we do."
In addition, according to Dontšenko, two cases were registered within Estonia, where one person had been infected in the work environment and the other in an environment where a friend was infected.
Dontšenko says people who have COVID-19 symptoms must stay at home and contact their family doctor immediately. In addition, if a person is informed that they have been in close contact with someone who is coronavirus-positive, they should definitely remain in self-isolation.
Among other things, Dontšenko said the people going abroad should get acquainted with the list of countries on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which also includes the requirements for self-isolation (countries that are written in the bold text must follow the rule of self-isolation for 14 days).
Editor: Katriin Eikin Sein