So far, 25 exchange students have been infected with the coronavirus and about 70 people have been exposed.

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Health authorities have found several coronavirus infections in restaurants and among short-term exchange students in Helsinki, the City of Helsinki noted in a statement on Friday.

So far, 25 exchange students have been infected with the coronavirus and about 70 people have been exposed. The students did not use the Koronavilkku application.

Before diagnosis, the students have spent time in Helsinki restaurants and may have exposed other customers. On Friday, it was likely that all exposed to the virus had not been reached.

The students have spent time on January 26–29 In Old Irish Pub, on January 20 and January 27 in restaurant Maxine and on January 22 in El Patro night club.

The Regional State Administrative Agency for Southern Finland—the authority in charge of handling legal permits—has contacted these restaurants.

“We have not, however, observed any shortcomings during our inspection visits, and there are no reasons for closing these restaurants for the time being,” Riku-Matti Lehikoinen, head of the alcohol sale inspection unit at the Regional State Administrative Agency for Southern Finland, said in the statement. “With the regulation, we want to emphasize that the restrictions and requirements e.g. on safe distances and hygiene practices must absolutely be observed.”

Currently, there are about 500 foreign short-term exchange students in Helsinki.

“We have offered targeted tests and advice to the exchange students,” said Sanna Isosomppi, chief physician of epidemiological operations at the City of Helsinki.