Lääne County hospital puts coronavirus regulations back in place

Lääne County Hospital.
Lääne County Hospital. Source: Juhan Hepner/ERR

A Haapsalu hospital reintroduced mandatory hand disinfecting and mask wearing in an effort to head off a coronavirus outbreak there ahead of the last weekend's annual "White Lady" festival.

Lääne County Hospital (Läänemaa Haigla) is initially keeping the restrictions in place for two weeks, starting from August 7, regional daily Lääne Elu reports.

The hospital's chief medical officer, Alge Vare, told the daily that the recent outbreak in Tartu, where a spike of cases centered on bars, nightclubs and restaurants has been reported, was also a factor. 

"We really wouldn't like to see a similar situation emerge here as has been the case in Tartu," Vare said, adding that the experience of Estonia's second city makes it plain that localized outbreaks can occur if the public loses the discipline put in place during the peak of the pandemic in spring. 

Patients and visitors must don masks and disinfect their hands upon arrival at the hospital, on Vaba 6.

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