Brazil, Estonia confirm respective first coronavirus cases


TALLINN/SAO PAULO: Estonia and Brazil confirmed their first cases of coronavirus on Thursday, after the respective patients returned from a visit to Iran and from the Lombardy region of Italy.

Estonia reported its first coronavirus case on Thursday, a day after the man returned to the Baltic nation from a business trip in his homeland Iran, with Social Affairs Minister Tanel Kiik telling public broadcaster ERR that the citizen was currently hospitalised.

“The person, a permanent resident of Estonia who is not a citizen, arrived in Estonia on Wednesday evening,” Kiik said.

Local media said the man contacted the health authorities himself after arriving in Tallinn by bus from the Latvian capital Riga, where he flew in from Istanbul.

“For now, there are no plans of putting cities in quarantine following this one case,” Kiik said.

“The patient is isolated, there is no risk of the disease spreading, now we have to identify all the people the patient was in contact with.”

Iran has announced a total of 19 deaths and more than 130 infections, including the country’s deputy health minister.

Iran’s coronavirus death toll is the highest after China, where more than 2,700 people have died from the disease.