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74 more coronavirus cases diagnosed

Coronavirus infection cases up to 700 in Finland

Published : 23 Mar 2020, 15:56

Updated : 24 Mar 2020, 10:07

  DF Report

File Photo City of Helsinki.

The number of coronavirus infection cases in Finland has risen to 700, as 74 more cases were diagnosed on Monday in different areas of the country, said the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL).

THL said that 50 patients were receiving hospital treatment, with 13 in intensive care.

Experts, however, fear that the total number of people infected with coronavirus in Finland is much higher than the official figure counted by the authorities concerned. All the suspected cases are not being tested anymore. So the real number of infections is feared to be much higher. Only the seriously ill and risk-group people, such as social and healthcare workers, are being tested in the country now.

Earlier, THL confirmed that the first coronavirus death in the country took place on March 20.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sanna Marin on Monday said the government is going to impose more restrictions to contain any coronavirus outbreak in the country. In a twitter post, she said bans will be imposed on the movement of people and the opening of restaurants.

“The [government] is preparing to impose the restrictions on private activities such as closing down restaurants. Restriction on movement is also underway. Legislation has proven to be rigid in respect to some measures,” said the prime minister in the post.