THE Finnish government has declared a state of emergency over rising coronavirus infections.
According to reports, Prime Minister Sanna Marin had made an in-principle decision on declaring a state of emergency. The main reason for the decision is that restaurants cannot be closed under the current Infectious Diseases Act, the report said.
The decision comes as new variants contribute to a sharp rise in infections in the country, which has already closed its borders.
The state of emergency would also allow the government to further shut schools and limit movement between regions.
“The government sees it necessary that we all have fewer contacts,” Prime Minister Sanna Marin told a news conference. “Everyone now has the opportunity to impact how the spring and summer will turn out.”
Several Finnish regions have seen a rapid rise in COVID-19 infections in the past two weeks, with outbreaks among skiers in Lapland and workers at shipping yards and construction sites.