Finland prepared to tackle coronavirus situation: Finnish PM

Source: Xinhua| 2020-02-27 13:00:34|Editor: yhy
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HELSINKI, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- Finland is prepared to tackle the situation of the coronavirus and will take all scenarios and take things seriously, said Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin on Wednesday afternoon.

"Preparations have been made since January, especially in the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), but also in other ministries," even though the government currently does not have the information that the coronavirus situation is particularly serious in Finland, Marin said when discussing the current coronavirus situation in Finland on national television Yle's live.

Finland on Thursday reported the first case of Finnish national infected with the novel coronavirus. The patient is a working-age Finnish woman, who had been infected while visiting Milan, Northern Italy, and is now treated in hospital in Meilahti, Helsinki.

This is the second confirmed case in Finland. In late January, a Chinese female tourist tested positive for the virus in northern Finland's Lapland and was later discharged from the hospital.

The government has decided to set up a coordination group under the Prime Minister's Office, with the participation of the heads of key ministries and an expert from the THL, Marin said.

Marin also announced there will be a parliamentary debate on the virus situation on Thursday, which will be aired live on national television.

"We are also giving the Prime Minister's announcement to Parliament to ensure that people have up-to-date and correct information and to dispel people's concerns," said Marin.