March 16, 2020 / 3:29 PM / 5 months ago

Finland to close schools and universities due to coronavirus: PM

FILE PHOTO: People stand in front of empty pasta shelves at a supermarket as consumers worry about product shortages due to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Helsinki, Finland, March 13, 2020 Lehtikuva/Heikki Saukkomaa via REUTERS

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finland’s government will pass emergency legislation on Tuesday to close all its schools and universities from Wednesday among other measures in response to the spread of the coronavirus, Prime Minister Sanna Marin said on Monday.

There were 272 confirmed coronavirus cases and no linked deaths in Finland as of Monday according to health authority.

Reporting by Anne Kauranen

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