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Minister: Finland may revisit easing of telecommuting order

Months-long government recommendations for distance working went out of effect on 1 August.

Aino-Kaisa Pekonen
Minister of Social Affairs and Health Aino-Kaisa Pekonen. Image: Ilkka Klemola / Yle

Finland might look again at its decision to remove advice to work from home via telecommuting if possible, in light of the recent uptick in confirmed coronavirus infections in the country.

Minister of Social Affairs and Health, Aino-Kaisa Pekonen (Left), said on Wednesday that the government should consider the possibility of re-invoking the recommendations.

The government's telecommuting recommendations were in effect for months over the spring and summer, but expired on 1 August.

In a tweet posted on Wednesday afternoon, Pekonen said that the increase in the number of infections makes it necessary to reconsider re-introducing distance working recommendations, in cases where such arrangements are possible.

"I have asked that remote working recommendations be updated and will soon return to the matter," Pekonen concluded her post.

The Institute for Health and Welfare THL confirmed there were 29 new confirmed coronavirus infections on Wednesday, an increase of 12 from the previous day.

During the period of 27 July - 2 August the number of new Covid cases in Finland increased by 35 percent compared to the week before, according to THL figures.

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