Finland declares a state of emergency as the number of COVID-19 cases has risen alarmingly
The Finnish government declared a state of emergency on Monday, March 1, 2021, due to the growing number of new cases of COVID-19. The state of emergency would allow the Finnish authorities to close restaurants and impose other pandemic mitigation measures.
Finland declares a state of emergency
The decision comes since the new variants contribute to a sharp increase in infections in the country, which has already closed its borders. The state of emergency would also allow the government to further close schools and restrict traffic between regions.
"The government considers it necessary for all of us to have fewer contacts", Said Prime Minister Sanna Marin, in a press conference. "Everyone now has the opportunity to influence how spring and summer 2021 will unfold.. "
Several regions in Finland have seen a rapid increase in COVID-19 infections in the last two weeks, with outbreaks among skiers in Lapland and shipyard and construction workers.
Finland, among the least affected by the virus in Europe, has recorded 58.064 cases and 742 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, with 210 people currently hospitalized.