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Current information on Wuhan coronavirus

Ministry of Social Affairs and Health 29.1.2020 14.29 | Published in English on 30.1.2020 at 14.47
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An epidemic caused by a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has been confirmed in the central Chinese province of Hubei, and in particular the city of Wuhan. Cases of the disease have since been detected in other parts of the world. The best way to obtain situation information is to follow the website of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) thl.fi.

The symptoms of those who have fallen ill have included a high temperature, coughing and shortness of breath. The best way to avoid infection is through good hand hygiene.

Due to international travel and tourism, individual cases of the disease are also possible in Finland. In order to reduce the risk of further infections, it is important that potential cases are quickly identified through effective control measures. Finnish hospitals are ready to investigate and treat coronavirus infections, placing patients in isolation.

So far, the World Health Organization (WHO) has not recommended any specific measures for tourists or restrictions on travel or international trade. In Finland, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs is responsible for issuing travel recommendations.

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health is monitoring the situation together with other authorities both in Finland and internationally.

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare is working closely with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Information on the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare website

The website of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare provides comprehensive information on the Wuhan coronavirus and is updated continuously. It includes instructions on how to prevent infection. The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health strongly recommends that you consult the Institute's website if you wish to obtain further information on the Wuhan coronavirus.