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Finland health authorities warn of pandemic's escalation

HELSINKI, Sept 24 (Reuters) - Finland’s Ministry of Social Affairs and Health warned on Thursday that the COVID-19 pandemic was expanding again more rapidly in the country, after several months of relative calm.

Nevertheless, Finland’s 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants remained among the lowest in Europe at 15.5, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control data showed on Wednesday.

But Finnish authorities said it was “alarming” that the number of new cases over the latest two weeks until Sunday had doubled to 798 from 387 in the previous two weeks. (Reporting by Anne Kauranen; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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