The Government of Finland has submitted Thursday a bill to Parliament to restrict freedom of movement, contacts and make mandatory the use of masks for the first time since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

These restrictions, which would be applied in the main cities of the country such as Helsinki, Espoo or Vantaa, have been announced in statements by the Prime Minister, Sanna Marin, who has considered that “the situation is very serious”.

“There is a very serious threat that medical care will be overwhelmed if we do not introduce new restrictions,” said Marin, according to the Finnish channel Yle.

The confinement proposed by the Finnish government is for three weeks and could be renewed until mid-May. Between Thursday afternoon and next Friday, the Parliament is expected to approve this resolution.

The Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare has reported Thursday that infection rates are “too high” and also a significant increase in intensive care admissions for the disease in recent weeks.

The health institution has also reported 726 new cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of positive cases since the start of the pandemic to 74,242 and the number of deaths to 809.

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