Finland faces imprisonment for non-observers of self-isolation from Covid-19 “risk countries”


Finland has so far relied on the voluntary self-isolation of such immigrants and has not provided for sanctions for non-compliance.

Health Minister Krista Kiuru said the new rules would be implemented “as soon as possible” and that newcomers might also have to take mandatory tests for the new coronavirus.

This decision follows recent reports that passengers from Eastern Europe and the Balkans have arrived in Finland who have been infected or refused to take the tests.

At the beginning of the summer, only a few new cases of Covid-19 infection were registered in Finland for several weeks, while 135 new infections were registered in the last seven days.

“This number of infections has surprised us all,” Kiuru told a news conference on Monday. “We have discussed whether flights from high-risk countries should be suspended. We are considering that.”

These measures will apply to immigrants from all countries not on Finland’s “green list”. This list includes countries with a cumulative incidence of Covid-19 of less than eight cases per 100,000 population in the last two weeks.

Finland currently considers 25 countries to be safe, including the Baltic States, Greece, Ireland, Japan, Cyprus and Uruguay.

In Finland itself, the cumulative incidence of Covid-19 in the last two weeks is three cases per 100,000 population, one of the lowest in Europe.

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