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Restriction on gathering ends

PM warns of risk of coronavirus spreading again

Published : 01 Aug 2020, 02:49

Updated : 01 Aug 2020, 02:58

  DF Report

Prime Minister Sanna Marin. File Photo Finnish government by Laura Kotila.

Prime Minister Sanna Marin on Friday warned of the possible risk of spreading of coronavirus in the country again and urged the people to stay careful.

The PM in her twitter posts in Finnish also said that restriction would be introduced again, if the situation turns worse.

“The state of emergency ended in June and restrictions are lifted gradually following improvement of the situation. There is still a risk of the disease spreading again and everyone should take it in consideration,” Marin wrote in a twitter post in the evening.

She made the advices as the government’s restriction on public gatherings and working from home ended on Friday.

She, however, urged people to avoid physical contact and go for coronavirus test, if anyone is infected with any kind of symptom of flue.

“If the coronavirus situation in Finland worsens, restrictions can be reintroduced. However, their human and economic cost is high. That is why remember to take care of hygiene and maintain safe distance, particularly when dealing with strangers,” the PM added, wishing everybody a happy summer

Meanwhile, the restrictions put in place to mitigate the spread of coronavirus will be lifted as planned on 1 August 2020, said a government press release on Friday.

The government and the authorities concerned are closely monitoring the situation and will make new decisions as needed.

In line with the regulation issued by the regional state administrative agencies, public events and public meetings with more than 500 attendees may be held indoor and in enclosed outdoor spaces, provided that they comply with the guidelines from the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) and the education and culture ministry on preventing COVID-19 infections.

The government’s recommendation on extensive remote work will end on 1 August. The government will review the matter, if the development of the epidemic so requires.