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Finland orders bars and restaurants to close at 1 a.m.

HELSINKI, Sept 29 (Reuters) - Finland’s government decided on Tuesday evening that bars and restaurants across the country would have to close at 1 a.m., while alcohol sales will end at midnight, starting October 8, in order to contain the spread of COVID-19.

“The information provided by authorities is alarming... the number of infections is rising rapidly,” Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services Krista Kiuru told reporters.

Finland’s public health authority said 149 new coronavirus cases had been reported on Tuesday, among the highest daily numbers in several months. (Reporting by Anne Kauranen,Editing by Franklin Paul)

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