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Movement restriction, ban on opening bars, nightclubs likely soon

Published : 23 Mar 2020, 11:35

Updated : 23 Mar 2020, 11:39

  DF Report

Photo City of Helsinki/Comma Image Oy.

Finance Minister Katri Kulmuni, also Chair of the Suomen Keskusta (Centre Party of Finland) on Monday said that the government will take further measures within couple of days to contain coronavirus spread.

The measures will include restriction on movement from the Helsinki region and imposing ban on opening bars and nightclubs across the country, reported national broadcaster Yle .

"Yes, it's certain that further measures will be coming already today or tomorrow," said the Yle report, quoting the minister as saying.

She said that the nightclubs and bars may be ordered to close their doors.

She said her party discussed that people have no reason to travel around the country or to attend mass events and it is important that people should not carry the virus around the country.

Earlier, Prime Minister Sanna Marin on Saturday said the government was ready to impose more restriction to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Talking to Yle in its Ykkösaamu ( Morning breakfast) programme, the Prime Minister said that her cabinet was prepared to restrict movement from the Uusimaa region to other parts of country as the infection rate worsen in the capital region.

The number of coronavirus infection cases raised to 626 in Finland as 105 more cases were diagnosed at different parts of the country on Sunday, said the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL).

So far one person died of coronavirus in Helsinki on Friday.