The first 2019-nCoV infection has been detected in Finland

Press release from the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare

The first laboratory confirmed 2019-nCoV infection has been detected in Lapland Central Hospital. The patient is a tourist from the city of Wuhan in China. The patient is isolated at the moment.

“It was expected that cases brought by tourists would also be found in Finland. The risk of the spreading of the disease in Finland is very small and, consequently, people should not be worried,” says Mika Salminen, Director at the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.

The Lapland Hospital District and local healthcare authorities continue to take care of the situation together with THL. The number of people who have possibly been exposed to the contraction is 15. The hospital district monitors the state of health of those exposed for 14 days.

“Finland is prepared for possible cases. Health care and laboratories already have the required operating models. Hospitals are well prepared for examining and treating coronavirus infections in isolation,” Salminen says.

THL is monitoring the international situation and will update information on the following website:

Latest information on Wuhan coronavirus

Further information

Taneli Puumalainen
Chief Physician
tel. +358 29 524 6080

Mika Salminen
Director, Health Security
tel. +358 29 524 8454

Markku Broas 
Chief Infection Officer
Lapland Hospital District
tel. +358 50 347 2387

Matias Ahlsved 
Hygiene Nurse
Lapland Hospital Distric
tel. +358 40 354 7908

Date of publication: 30 Jan 2020

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