The Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin (35) wants to impose a lockdown on the capital Helsinki. She announced a bill on Wednesday that would only allow residents of Helsinki and the southwestern city of Turku to leave their homes for grocery shopping, school or doctor visits. The text could be presented to Parliament on Thursday.
The plan is to impose the lockdown by mid-May. Wearing mouth and nose protection would also become compulsory on public transport. The police could monitor people’s movements and impose fines for violations. These measures are “absolutely necessary” in order to reduce the burden on the hospitals, Marin told the broadcaster Yle.
Relatively more new cases than in the UK
Until recently, the Nordic country had received praise for its handling of the pandemic. Finland, with a population of 5.5 million, had one of the lowest Covid-19 incidence rates in all of Europe, partly due to the low population density and the Finns’ compliance with corona rules.
Finland has registered 73,516 corona cases since the beginning of the pandemic. 811 people died as a result of the infectious disease. Recently, however, the number of infections has risen sharply. In the past two weeks, authorities recorded 172 new cases per 100,000 population – more than in Spain, the UK and Ireland. (SDA / noo)