Finland moves up planned easing of COVID restrictions


  • World
  • Friday, 28 Jan 2022

FILE PHOTO: A man receives a booster dose of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at the vaccine center in Espoo, Finland, January 4, 2022. Lehtikuva/Jussi Nukari/via REUTERS

HELSINKI (Reuters) -Finland will begin gradually easing COVID-19 restrictions from Feb. 1 instead of mid-February as initially planned as the burden on its hospitals eases, the government said late on Thursday.

On Jan. 18, Prime Minister Sanna Marin said Finland would begin scaling back restrictions from mid-February, but signs of stabilization in the infection rate caused by the Omicron variant of the virus led the government to alter its plan.

"The burden on intensive care units has taken a turn in a better direction," Finland's minister for health and social affairs Hanna Sarkkinen told reporters.

The government decided to start the cautious easing by loosening restrictions on the hours restaurants can remain open to 9 p.m. from a mandatory 6 p.m. closure currently in place, Sarkkinen said.

It also recommended local authorities allow reopening of cultural and sports venues such as gyms, swimming pools and theatres from the beginning of February.

Finland remains among the countries least affected by the pandemic. According to health institute data, the nation of 5.5 million people has to date recorded 470,665 COVID-19 cases and 1,919 related deaths.

(Reporting by Anne Kauranen; Editing by Bill Berkrot)

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights
   

Next In World

With Roe in doubt in the US, some fear tech surveillance of pregnancy
Money for Ukraine to top G7 agenda; inflation, food a concern
Musk loses RM54.18bil in a day as he tweets politics, slams ESG
Your employees want you to post�on social media
Australia's economy holds plenty of pitfalls for election winner
San Francisco mayor introduces camera access legislation
More Ukraine fighters surrender in Mariupol, Russia says
U.S.-listed Chinese firms trade lower
Brazilian jurists call on U.N. to report on Bolsonaro attacks on judiciary
Dow sinks over 1,100 points in worst day since 2020

Others Also Read