Easing of restrictions has not accelerated COVID-19 infection in Finland: official

Source: Xinhua| 2020-06-25 20:24:04|Editor: huaxia

HELSINKI, June 25 (Xinhua) -- The COVID-19 infection in Finland remains stable and is clearly declining, Finnish health authorities said on Thursday, adding that ways of reducing infection risk in crowded work dwellings are considered.

Liisa-Maria Voipio-Pulkki, Director General of Strategy Affairs at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, said at a press conference that there are no indications that the recent easing of restrictions, such as allowing restaurants to open, has accelerated the infection rate in Finland. In testing, the ratio of infections now has been one positive out of two hundred tests taken in the country.

However, COVID-19 among migrant workers living in crowded dwellings has raised concern in the wake of some chains of infections.

Taneli Puumalainen, the chief physician of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), said authorities are now considering ways of strengthening the current instructions for the situation. "Measures will be adopted to lower this kind of risk," he said.

No details have been given, but inhabitants in joint dwellings are in most cases workers hired from outside Finland.

In addition, Puumalainen said Finland plans no testing at airports. He underlined that Finland has opened travel only from countries where the infection rate is comparable with Finland, and thus arriving or returning travelers are not considered to be a risk.

The Finnish government is to decide on further opening to EU countries on July 10, based on the occurrence rates reported then.

According to THL, as of Thursday afternoon, Finland has a total of 7,172 COVID-19 infections. The death toll reached 327, while an estimated 6,600 people have recovered. Enditem

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