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Finland to further tighten border traffic against new Covid-19 variant

The government also agreed that the Ministry for Foreign Affairs would update the current travel recommendations.

Passengers with their luggage at the Helsinki-Vantaa Airport upon their arrival. Photo: Markku Ulander/dpa/file photo.
Passengers with their luggage at the Helsinki-Vantaa Airport upon their arrival. Photo: Markku Ulander/dpa/file photo.

The Finnish Government discussed measures to prevent the spread of the new Covid-19 variant and the renewed acceleration of the epidemic in its meeting on Wednesday 13 January.

According to the government communications department, the cabinet decided that the Ministry of the Interior would prepare "a proposal on tightening border traffic in order to prevent the spread of the new variant in accordance with the current legislation" and the decision-making powers it grants to the Government.

The government also agreed that the Ministry for Foreign Affairs would update the current travel recommendations.

Restrictive measures

In the government’s view, municipalities and regions should continue to implement the restrictive measures detailed in the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health circular.

"It is very important that the measures to address the community transmission phase are implemented in a complete and uniform manner in all areas where the epidemic has entered this phase," the government says.

In addition, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and the other ministries will prepare a proposal for next week’s government meeting on further measures needed to prevent the spread of the new virus variant.

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