Finland reports new COVID-19 case in school

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HELSINKI, May 19 (Xinhua) -- Eleven students of a school in Mantsala in southern Finland had to be quarantined after exposure to COVID-19 when schools in the country reopened in the middle of May, the Finnish national broadcaster Yle reported on Tuesday.

The quarantine was ordered after a member of the teaching staff at the comprehensive school tested positive for the disease, according to the Keski-Uusimaa Joint Municipal Authority (Keusote).

The local health authority said that that infected person was in a good condition and receiving care at home. Keusote's health officials said they would contact the quarantined students as soon as possible.

To date, five cases of COVID-19 infection have been confirmed among students or school staff since most of Finland's primary and lower secondary schools reopened last Thursday.

Last weekend, 17 students and four teachers at a school in Porvoo were quarantined after one student tested positive for COVID-19, and a significant part of the staff at a school in Sipoo had to be quarantined after coming into contact with an infected individual. Porvoo and Sipoo are both in southern Finland.

On Monday, two COVID-19 infections have been found in two comprehensive schools in Helsinki, prompting a decision to quarantine dozens of teachers and students.

The Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare said that as of Tuesday afternoon, Finland has confirmed 6,399 COVID-19 infections, of which 19 were new. The death toll has reached 301, one more than on the previous day. According to a preliminary estimate, at least 5,000 people have recovered. Enditem

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