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Estonian president awaits coronavirus test results

US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid on Saturday refused to participate in the event marking the anniversary of the Estonian Congress, as she is awaiting the results of a coronavirus test passed after returning from the United States, said Taavi Linnamäe, adviser to the head of state.

“Today, the president was supposed to speak at the solemn meeting in honor of the 30th anniversary of the Estonian Congress, but since the test results are not yet ready, the president decided not to participate in it to minimize the risk of coronavirus spread,” Linnamäe told the state television and radio broadcasting portal ERR.

According to the presidential adviser, at the beginning of the week, Kaljulaid participated in the Congress of the American-Israeli Committee on Public Relations in Washington.

The organizers of the event said on Friday that a coronavirus was found in two congress participants. In addition to Callide, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo attended the congress.

As of Friday, the number of patients with coronavirus in Estonia has increased to 10 people. Among the infected, nine were passengers on an airplane that flew to Riga from Italian Bergamo on February 29.

On December 31, 2019, the Chinese authorities informed the World Health Organization (WHO) about an outbreak of unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan in the central part of the country (Hubei Province).

Experts have identified the causative agent of the disease – this is a new coronavirus. WHO recognized the outbreak as an emergency of international importance and gave the disease its official name – COVID-19.

The number of infected in mainland China exceeded 80.6 thousand people, 3070 died, more than 55.4 thousand were cured. According to the latest WHO data, 335 people have died outside the PRC.

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