March 12, 2020 / 12:13 PM / 23 days ago

Finland to ban public meetings of more than 500 due to coronavirus

HELSINKI, March 12 (Reuters) - Finland will ban public meetings of more than 500 people until the end of May due to the coronavirus outbreak, Prime Minister Sanna Marin said on Thursday.

The announcement came after the Nordic country's confirmed coronavirus cases jumped by 50 in a day to a total of 109, the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare said, and after the Finnish Foreign Ministry recommended citizens avoid travelling anywhere in the world now.

Reporting by Anne Kauranen; Editing by Jon Boyle

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