March 15, 2020 / 12:10 AM / in 16 days

Estonia to bar foreign travelers from March 17

TALLINN (Reuters) - Estonia will stop foreign traveler from entering the country from March 17, in an attempt to prevent the spread of coronavirus, the country’s government said in a statement on Sunday.

Estonians, people living in Estonia, and foreigners whose family members live in Estonia will be able to enter the country, and everyone will be allowed to exit after the deadline, it said.

The government said it plans for a two-week isolation for anyone entering, with exceptions for foreign trade transport.

“We are ensuring goods and raw material transport, for drivers who have no symptoms of the virus,” Prime Minister Juri Ratas said in a statement.

Foreigners can use Estonia for transit to their home country if they have no symptoms, the government said.

Estonia has confirmed 115 cases of coronavirus, with no deaths.

Reporting by Tarmo VirkI; Editing by Alistair Bell

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