Corona virus fear spreads to Northern Europe

Sunday, February 2, 2020


A 32-year-old woman from Wuhan in China was detected with corona virus at a regional hospital in Rovaniemi recently.


“It was expected that cases brought by tourists would also be found in Finland. The risk of the spreading of the disease in Finland is very small and, consequently, people should not be worried,” said Mika Salminen, Director at the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.


Saariselkä, which is a three-hour’s drive north of Rovaniemi, is a popular ski- and snow-games resort seeing thousands of tourists from China every winter.


Chinese tourists comprise the largest group among foreign visitors to Lapland. Many more travel to the winter resorts further north, like Saariselkä.


The woman detected with corona virus is currently isolated at the hospital in Rovaniemi, and 24 others are potentially exposed to the virus. Some of the people in the group traveling with the woman are under observation at the same hospital.


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