Prime Minister Marin promises to make decisions to curb next week "worrying" Covid spread

The Finnish government will discuss at a ministerial meeting early next week possible additional restrictions aimed at curbing the recent rise in Covid infections, Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) said Wednesday.

"The coronavirus situation is worrying," Marin said. "It is now more important than ever that everyone gets the vaccines available."

Authorities’ operating pressures have intensified over the past week as Covid cases have reached a daily record high, and the metropolitan coronavir coordination group on Tuesday called on the government to tighten bar and restaurant hours and opening hours.

The Public Health Authority (THL) reported 1,007 laboratory-confirmed cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, with 1,088 registered on Tuesday and 2,616 over the weekend.

In the meantime, Helsingin Sanomat reported (in Finnish) on Wednesday that there is a dispute in the government over travel restrictions.

HS writes that the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and a majority of government ministers want two coronavirus tests for unvaccinated travelers arriving in Finland – one on arrival and the other three days later – but the center opposes the measure.

The government is also expected to make decisions in next week’s talks on extending the use of Covid passports to workplaces and vaccinating those under 12 years of age.

Source: The Nordic Page


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