Prime Minister Marin: Return to normal in October, Covid passport to Parliament soon, 2 million provision rejected

According to the Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP), the government plans to release its new hybrid coronavirus strategy on Monday.

Speaking at an interview with the traditional prime minister on Yle Radio Finland on Sunday afternoon, Marin said that the cabinet will meet for an unusual Sunday session to agree, for example, on the removal of the two-meter social distance requirement in public.

Marin said several changes will be made to the Communicable Diseases Act in addition to waiving the two-meter requirement.

He said the goal is to get rid of all restrictions when vaccination is high enough, at more than 80 per cent of the population over the age of 12, which could come next month.

On Sunday, 53 percent of the total population was fully vaccinated, and more than 72 percent received at least one sting. More than four million people have now received at least one vaccine.

Coronavir passport to Parliament soon

The government will present its plan for a coronavirus passport to parliament in mid-September, Marin said, adding that he is awaiting rapid approval.

"I believe and hope that Parliament will want to deal with it quickly so that we can have this instrument available in October as well," he said.

A coronavirus passport is proof that the passport holder has been vaccinated, recovered from an illness, or has recently had a negative test result.

In an interview, Marin said he agreed that Finland could return to normal within a month or two, as the day before Mika Salminen, Director of Health, National Agency for Health THL.

"This is the estimate the government has received. Once 80% vaccine coverage is achieved, the restrictions will be lifted. We now estimate that we will reach the situation in October," Marin said.

Marin welcomed the THL’s decision to change its vaccination interval policy and now allowed a second dose to be given instead of six weeks, eight weeks after the first, saying this was necessary to improve vaccine coverage.

The government is asking Parliament to waive the 2 meter requirement

Later on Sunday, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health said the government had proposed to Parliament to remove the two-meter requirement.

The government proposed changes to some of the infectious disease conditions that cover the conditions for using the facilities of clients and participants to prevent the spread of the virus.

"The exact definition of close contact as well as the prevalence as a basis for the application would be removed from the article. The proposed definition of close contact, which should be deleted, refers to the presence of people indoors at a distance of less than two meters for more than 15 minutes or to physical contact with each other," the ministry said in a statement.

Instead, the regional government agencies or municipalities define the close connection on a case-by-case basis.

17.57: Updated with a ministry statement

Source: The Nordic Page





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