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Finland’s coronavirus tally rises to 19 confirmed cases

Four new cases confirmed on Saturday, all of whom recently returned from northern Italy.

Haartmanin sairaalan päivystyksen ikkunaan teipattu koronavirus-ohje. Lapussa kielletään tulemasta sisälle sairaalaan konsultoimatta ensin puhelimitse sairaanhoitohenkilökuntaa.
A sign instructing patients with suspected coronavirus infections in Helsinki's Haartman hospital last week. Image: Silja Viitala / Yle

Finland’s Institute for Health and Welfare announced on Saturday that four new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the country, bringing the total number of infections to 19.

All four of the patients recently returned from northern Italy, health authorities said. All have been instructed to isolate themselves at home.

Two of the cases, a working age man and a male pensioner, are in the capital region. All other people who had been in close contact with the pair have been contacted, Helsinki and Uusimaa hospital district said.

The remaining two patients, both adults, are in Pirkanmaa, which includes the town of Tampere. The pair had been travelling in a group along with one of the previously identified infected people, Pirkanmaa hospital district said in a statement.

The pair are ”in good condition but fluey,” the statement said.

The World Health Organisation said that as of Friday, 98,000 cases of the virus had been reported around the world, in almost 90 countries.

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