MI Breaking News
Spread the news

A man receives a booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at the vaccine centre in Espoo, Finland January 4, 2022. ― Reuters pic
A man receives a booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at the vaccine centre in Espoo, Finland January 4, 2022. ― Reuters pic

Follow us on Instagram and subscribe to our Telegram channel for the latest updates.


HELSINKI, Jan 28 ― Finland will begin gradually easing Covid-19 restrictions from February 1 instead of mid-February as initially planned as the burden on its hospitals eases, the government said late yesterday.

On January 18, Prime Minister Sanna Marin said Finland would begin scaling back restrictions from mid-February, but signs of stabilisation in the infection rate caused by the Omicron variant of the virus led the government to alter its plan.

“The burden on intensive care units has taken a turn in a better direction,” Finland’s minister for health and social affairs Hanna Sarkkinen told reporters.

The government decided to start the cautious easing by loosening restrictions on the hours restaurants can remain open to 9pm from a mandatory 6pm closure currently in place, Sarkkinen said.

It also recommended local authorities allow reopening of cultural and sports venues such as gyms, swimming pools and theatres from the beginning of February.

Finland remains among the countries least affected by the pandemic. According to health institute data, the nation of 5.5 million people has to date recorded 470,665 Covid-19 cases and 1,919 related deaths. ― Reuters

Click to rate this post!
[Total: 0 Average: 0]

Spread the news
Advertisement

Kazzylen Web Analytics.


Kazzylen Analytics lets you measure your heatmap as well as track your Flash, video, and websites and applications & more. Register & get access to all Analystics on our website FREE
Previous articlePentagon chief orders reforms to reduce civilian deaths
Next articleUS GDP growth in 2021 fastest since 1984 but Omicron threat looms