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A woman who had traveled from Milan, northern Italy, to Finland has been diagnosed with the coronavirus.

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She is now in hospital care at the Helsinki University Hospital HUS.

The woman had arrived in Finland on February 23. A day later she contacted Finnish healthcare.

“The patient acted according to the instructions and called us. After the risk assessment, she was directed to the sample taking,” says Chief Physician Asko Järvinen at the HUS infection disease department in a statement.

Currently, the patient has a fever but is feeling rather well. In Finland, she has been in contact with only two persons. They have been contacted and have been advised to stay at home; their health is being monitored.

“At HUS we have already earlier started to prepare for various epidemics and after the coronavirus emerged we have raised our state of readiness. We have good options to examine and treat,” says HUS Medical Director Markku Mäkijärvi.

This is the second confirmed coronavirus infection in Finland. The first one was confirmed on January 29 when a Chinese woman had arrived in Lapland from Wuhan, China. After being cured, she was released from the hospital on February 6.

The Finnish government is holding a press conference about the coronavirus situation in Finland on Thursday afternoon.

Finland Today will join the conference and bring a full report.

Tony Öhberg