'No evidence' reopening of Finland schools has spread virus faster

Reuters

Posted at May 28 2020 06:15 PM

Pupils arrive at the Kirsti primary school as it reopens after after 8 weeks of lockdown due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) spread in the country, in Espoo, Finland, May 14, 2020. Heikki Saukkomaa, Lehtikuva/Reuters

Finland has seen no evidence of the coronavirus spreading faster since schools started to reopen in the middle of May, the top health official said Thursday.

"The time has been short, but so far we have seen no evidence," Mika Salminen, director of health security at the Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare, told a news conference.

Finland started to reopen schools and daycare centers from May 14 following an almost 2-month shutdown.

The country has recorded 6,579 infections of the new coronavirus and 307 deaths, according to state health statistics.