ESTONIAN EMERGENCY RESPONSE CENTRE
State helpline 1247 distributes coronavirus-related information to Rally Estonia spectators
As of the beginning of the rally, on September 4, the state helpline 1247 serviced by the Emergency Response Centre has been provided for the spectators of this major event to receive information related to the coronavirus quickly and from one place. 1247 is open 24 hours a day and is free for callers.
According to Kätlin Alvela, Director General of the Emergency Response Centre, it is extremely important that this major event, which is crucial for Estonia, passes safely to all participants and to all of the citizens of Estonia. It is paramount that everyone is as well protected as possible from the virus.
"It is vital that Rally Estonia spectators can easily get various correct information related to the coronavirus from one specific place. We are glad that the organisers of the rally have thought about this and started cooperating with the Emergency Response Centre. The state helpine 1247 provides aid for a spectator if he / she feels unwell, suspects having the virus himself / herself or someone else, or needs instructions. You may contact us to specify the applicable restrictions and to determine how to behave correctly during the rally to prevent the spread of the virus, "the Director General of the Emergency Response Centre pointed out.
The state helpline 1247 was opened at the commencement of the Estonian coronavirus wave on March 16, and since then the telephone has answered 68,000 emergency and virus-related calls. While the number of calls was lower in the summer months, in recent weeks it has started to rise again and exceed the limit of half a thousand calls per day.
"People's awareness of the virus and the right code of conduct have been crucial in preventing it from spreading. We are ready for all of us to work hard again to ensure that the virus does not spread out of ignorance and that the number of diseases does not increment," said Kätlin Alvela, Director General of the Emergency Response Centre.
Rally Estonia, which starts on Friday, September 4, will bring here some 16,000 spectators and greater movement of people to South Estonia to enjoy motorsport. This means greater readiness for the Emergency Response Centre as well as many other agencies involved in helping people.