Health Editor’s Note: The number of COVID-19 cases in Finland continues to rise despite a vaccination program. Only 1.5% of the Finnish population has been totally vaccinated. Has the vaccine rollout been too slow? As in the U.S., until Biden came into the White House, the U.S. was only seeing minimal vaccination numbers. The only way out of the pandemic is to vaccinate the world as soon as possible. On March 1, 2021 a state of emergency was declared in Finland as the new coronavirus variants caused a sharp rise in infections. Even though the borders of Finland were closed, cases continued to rise. Some Finnish citizens are protesting the measures to curb the spread of COVID-19. The longer people go without vaccination, the more people can become infected and with those infections, the more the coronavirus can mutate and create more variants…..Carol
Reporting by Essi Lehto; Editing by Alexandra Hudson/Reuters
HELSINKI (Reuters) – The Finnish government on Wednesday proposed locking down residents of five cities, including the capital Helsinki, and only allowing people to leave their homes for limited reasons, to curb rising coronavirus infections and hospitalisations.
The lockdown, which would be the first time Finland confines people to their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, is subject to a parliamentary vote and assessment by the constitutional law committee.
Earlier this month the government closed restaurants and secondary schools throughout the country.
The Nordic nation of 5.5 million people has recorded 73,516 coronavirus infections and 811 deaths. It has been praised for its handling of the pandemic and has been among the least-affected countries in Europe. It has 295 people in hospital with COVID-19.