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Police monitoring movement restrictions to and from Uusimaa

Published : 07 Apr 2020, 03:14

Updated : 07 Apr 2020, 10:30

  DF Report

Police officers and military personnel check passing vehicles on a highway in Hyvinkaa, Uusimaa, Finland, on March 28, 2020. File Photo by Matti Matikainen/Xinhua.

The police are continuing with monitoring the movement restrictions at the borders of Uusimaa, within the region, and also elsewhere in Finland.

The police are focusing supervision on where the traffic is the highest, said the National Police Board in a press release on Monday.

In addition to the control points, the police are carrying out round-the-clock mobile surveillance concentrated on smaller road sections.

In addition, the police are utilising automatic reading of licence plates in their 24-hour monitoring using traffic safety cameras and drones.

“People have compiled with the movement restrictions well and have understood that crossing the regional border without necessary grounds is a violation of the Emergency Act. Resources are targeted towards monitoring in accordance with the daily requirements,” said Helsinki Police Department Police Commissioner Lasse Aapio.

Mobility is still permitted only on the basis of necessity or good reasons. On the first day, the police turned back five per cent of vehicular traffic. With regards to weekday traffic, approximately 0.5 per cent remains turned back.

The government on March 28 restricted the traffic between Uusimaa (Helsinki and its adjoining areas) and other regions of the country until April 19 as a move to arrest any further spread of coronavirus infection.