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PM for tough measures to fight coronavirus

Published : 12 Aug 2020, 23:29

Updated : 13 Aug 2020, 00:37

  DF News Desk

Prime Minister Sanna Marin talked to journalists on Wednesday. Photo Finnish government by Lauri Heikkinen.

Prime Minister Sanna Marin said on Wednesday evening that she understood that tough measures were taken to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, reported Xinhua, quoting national broadcaster Yle.

Finnish authorities announced on Monday that Finland has started quarantining all people arriving from countries considered unsafe regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Marin said that since people had not adhered to the earlier voluntary quarantines and also refused to test, tough measures provided by the law were necessary.

Marin said her government is considering regional restrictions at this time while nationwide restrictions would be introduced only if the COVID-19 situation gets far worse. She said the situation in Finland is not yet alarming, "but it is worsening."

In another development, the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) is intending to publish a recommendation on the use of face masks in public spaces on Thursday, Yle reported on Wednesday, citing THL Director-General Markku Tervahauta.

Tervahauta said the recommendation would be related to the use of masks in spaces where it is not possible to keep a safe distance from other people, such as on public transport, and that there would be regional variations, Yle said.