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PM Marin warns of second wave risk as restrictions end

Restrictions may be reintroduced if Finland’s coronavirus situation deteriorates, the Prime Minister said on Twitter.

Sanna Marin.
Prime Minister Sanna Marin appealed for people to act responsibly to help prevent a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic hitting Finland. Image: John Thys / EPA

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) took to Twitter on Friday afternoon to remind people that there is a risk the coronavirus crisis could re-escalate in Finland.

Marin's reminder comes as the government’s restriction on large public gatherings and the recommendation to work from home if possible both end today.

"The state of emergency ended in June and restrictions have been gradually lifted due to the calm virus situation," Marin tweeted (in Finnish). "There is still a risk of the disease escalating again and this must be taken into account by everyone in their own lives."

Marin added that restrictions might be reintroduced if a second wave of the virus hits Finland.

"However, their human and economic cost is high. So remember to practice good hygiene and keep a safe distance, especially when dealing with strangers," the PM wrote.

The coronavirus pandemic has remained calm in Finland over the past number of weeks. According to the latest figures from the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), there are 7,432 confirmed coronavirus infections in Finland as of Friday 31 July and there are currently eight people in hospital.

However, the number of confirmed infections have begun to rise again in several European countries — a fact Marin also referenced in her Friday tweets.

"If you arrive in Finland from a country other than a country with a similarly calm situation, you should self-quarantine for two weeks. We trust that you will act responsibly," the PM wrote.

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