Coronavirus testing capabilities widened in north Estonia

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Coronavirus testing at Tallinn Airport. Source: Siim Lõvi /ERR

Coronavirus testing capabilities are to be boosted in Tallinn and other nearby towns, the Health Board (Terviseamet) says, amid soaring coronavirus rates.

As well as the capital, testing points will open in Maardu, just east of Tallinn, and in Rakvere, about an hour's drive further to the east, in Lääne-Viru County.

In the last case, a sample collection point will open adjacent to Rakvere Hospital which will be accessible by car, while in Maardu, the facility operated by private sector firm Synlab every second day will continue, while the grounds of the Saku Suurhall arena will host the new Tallinn testing point.

In each case, a referral is required before booking a same-day or next-day appointment to bring their sample. Providers urge those who may have to miss their testing appointments – which approximately 10 percent of those booked reportedly do – to inform them if they have to cancel.

Harju County, as the most populous region of the country, has seen among the highest rates in recent months; Rakvere is about 15 km from the county border with Ida-Viru County, the worst-affected region per capita at the time of writing.

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