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COVID-19 pandemic in Finland

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COVID-19 pandemic in Finland
Confirmed cases per 100,000 inhabitants
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
First outbreakWuhan, Hubei, China
Index caseInari
Arrival date23–28 January 2020
(4 years, 3 months, 3 weeks and 1 day ago, or up to 5 days earlier)
Confirmed cases6,003
Recovered>4,300 (as of May 12th, before that day was unknown at level at least 300)

The first case of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in Finland was confirmed on 29 January 2020, when a Chinese tourist visiting Ivalo from Wuhan tested positive for the virus.

Background[change | change source]

On 31 December 2019, the Health Commission of Wuhan, Hubei, China, informed the WHO about a large number of acute pneumonia cases with unknown origin in its province.[1] On 9 January 2020, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDC) reported the identification of the SARS-CoV-2 as the cause.[2]

On 27 January, following the developments of COVID-19 outbreak in mainland China, Finland's Ministry for Foreign Affairs advised citizens to avoid unnecessary travel to Hubei province.[3] The following day, Finnair announced it would be ending its five weekly routes to Nanjing and Beijing Daxing until the end of March.[4]

Numbers[change | change source]

On 30 January, Finland's health officials said that up to 24 Finnish people may have the virus.[5]

Response[change | change source]

On 16 March, the president declared a state of emergency due to COVID-19.[6] 272 laboratory-confirmed cases caused by COVID-19 had been diagnosed in Finland by 16 March 2020 at 2 pm.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Pneumonia of unknown cause – China".
  2. "Covid-19 - Situazione nel mondo". salute.gov.it (in Italian). Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  3. "Finland issues China travel advisory over coronavirus concerns". Yle News. 27 January 2020. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  4. "Finnair suspends five weekly routes to China due to coronavirus". Yle News. 28 January 2020. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  5. "Up to 24 people in Finland possibly exposed to coronavirus symptom-free". Yle News. 30 January 2020. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  6. "Finland closes schools, declares state of emergency over coronavirus". Yle Uutiset. 16 March 2020. Retrieved 2020-03-16.
  7. "Uusimmat tiedot koronaviruksesta: Hallitus kertoo lisätoimista klo 16 jälkeen, Suomessa 272 varmennettua tartuntaa, sairastuneita todennäköisesti 20–30 kertaa enemmän". Yle Uutiset (in Finnish). 17 February 2020. Retrieved 2020-03-16.