Restaurants are closing in the country and schoolchildren are being moved to distance learning
The Finnish government has again declared a state of emergency due to an increase in COVID-19 infection in the Scandinavian country, allowing for restaurant closures and other measures.
Prime Minister Sanna Marin said at a press conference that “the situation with the virus is bad and getting worse.”
According to her, the government considers it imperative to reduce physical contact through temporary closures of catering establishments and “other coordinated measures.
Marin said the government does not see the need for restrictions on basic freedoms at this stage but did not rule out such measures if the disease continues to increase.
As part of the measures taken, children over the age of 13 will switch to distance learning. In-person recreational activities for them will also cease. In addition, public meetings involving six or more people are prohibited. People are also urged to avoid private gatherings.
Finland has one of the lowest infection rates in Europe, but in recent weeks the number of infected people has risen sharply. More than 58,000 cases of COVID-19 and 750 related deaths have been confirmed in the country of 5.5 million people.