Vessel carrying corona-stricken crew leaves Sillamäe for Finland

Sillamäe port.
Sillamäe port. Source: Rene Kundla/ERR

On Wednesday evening, Norwegian cargo ship Yara Nauma left the city of Sillamäe, where it had docked since August 3, to return to Finland. Of the 21 crew members on board, 14 have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and two are currently in hospital in Estonia.

Eike Kingsepp, media adviser for the Health Board (Terviseamet), told ERR that as of preliminary data, there were 13 on board infected with the coronavirus but another case was discovered on Thursday.

Kingsepp added that the crew made the decision to return to Finland for quarantine and 12 of the diagnosed crew members are in good health and did not receive any additional medical treatment.

Two crew members, a Russian citizen and Philippine citizen, are currently receiving treatment in Estonia.

She explained: "They (crew members diagnosed with COVID-19 - ed.) were tested here and will not be written off Estonia's regional data."

Kingsepp added that a note will be made about the crew in official data, which will explain that while they were diagnosed with the novel coronavirus here in Estonia, they left soon after receiving the diagnosis.


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