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Coronavirus case confirmed in Finland


A new case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Finland, according to local media — the first in the Nordic region.

France also confirmed Wednesday evening its fifth case of the virus, according to French media. That raises the total number of known coronavirus cases in Europe to 10. Four cases have been identified in Germany.

The patient in Finland is a 32-year-old female tourist from Wuhan, who arrived in the country on Thursday and was staying at a ski resort in the northern town of Saariselkä. She began showing flu-like symptoms Sunday and went to the hospital on Tuesday.

Laplands health district is now checking 15 people who may have been in contact with the virus. Mika Salminen, the director of Finlands Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), told the Hufvudstadsbladet newspaper that the risk of the disease spreading in Finland is still small.

Meanwhile, French Health Minister Agnès Buzyn said her countrys fifth patient is the daughter of a Chinese tourist who had previously been diagnosed.

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