Government press conferences

Government decides to supplement action plan for COVID-19 hybrid strategy

25.1.2021 16.15

In its meeting on 25 January, the Government decided to supplement the action plan implementing the hybrid strategy to combat COVID-19. The Government will adopt a resolution on the matter on 26 January.

In line with the decision, the action plan will be supplemented with three new sets of measures aimed at combating the acceleration of the COVID-19 epidemic and, in particular, at curbing the spread of the more infectious virus variant in Finland. 

Recording of the press conference 25.1. | Youtube
Photos | Flickr

Government decides to tighten border traffic

22.1.2021 21.00

On 22 January, the Government decided at an extraordinary meeting to tighten border traffic and the recommendations on testing and quarantine.

The aim is to prevent the re-escalation of the growth of the COVID-19 epidemic and the spread of the COVID-19 variant in Finland. Should the new virus variant become more widespread, it could result in a potentially much more transmissible epidemic.

Recording of the 22th January press confrence I Youtube
Photos of the 22th January | Flickr

Fewer people were tested for coronavirus during Christmas week – Number of reported cases fell

31.12.2020 14.34

The number of coronavirus infections reported in Finland decreased during the Christmas week (21-27 December). The number of coronavirus tests administered also fell significantly from the previous weeks. It is therefore possible that cases will be reported with a delay in the near future.

Recording of the pressconference 29th December I Youtube
29th December presentation material 

COVID-19 infection rate rising at alarming speed in all hospital districts — infection rate highest in Greater Helsinki area

25.11.2020 14.34

The COVID-19 situation has worsened almost throughout Finland but particularly in the Greater Helsinki area and the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa

Prime Minister Sanna Marin and Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services Krista Kiuru discussed the outcome of Wednesday's government meeting at a press briefing on Thursday 26 November. The briefing continuede with a COVID-19 update by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, with Permanent Secretary Kirsi Varhila from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and Finnish Institute for Health, Welfare Director Mika Salminen and Chief Medical Office Markku Mäkijärvi from Helsinki University Hospital in attendance.

Recording of the press conference 26th November I Youtube
Presentation materials 26th November  (in finnish)
Photos from the 26th November event

Government adopts resolution on implementing the hybrid strategy for border traffic and travel

10.9.2020 22.05

In its session on 11 September, the Government adopted a resolution on a new operating model for implementing the hybrid strategy to manage COVID-19 in border traffic and travel. The operating model will make it possible to ease restrictions on entry while also combating the pandemic at the borders.

The Government will now categorise countries and regions with more than 25 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the previous 14 days as areas with a higher incidence. 

The press briefing was attended by Minister of the Interior Maria Ohisalo, Minister of Transport and Communications Timo Harakka and Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä. Permanent Secretary Kirsi Pimiä, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare Director Mika Salminen, Tuomas Laosmaa from the Border Guard and Strategy Director Liisa-Maria Voipio-Pulkki from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health were also present.

Recording of the press conference
Restrictions on entry into the country to be amended due to COVID-19 | press release on 11 September

Government discussed action plan to manage COVID-19

3.9.2020 16.13

In its meeting today on 3 September, the Government discussed an action plan that will serve as a guideline for implementing the recommendations and restrictions set out in the hybrid strategy after the first phase of the COVID-19 epidemic. Following the meeting, the government plenary session issued a resolution authorising the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health to adopt the action plan.

Recording of the press conference | YouTube
Presentation materials
COVID-19 situation as of 3 September 2020 (in Finnish)
Government resolution adopting an action plan for implementing recommendations and restrictive measures under the hybrid strategy following the first phase of the COVID-19 epidemic (available in Finnish and Swedish)
Press conference photos | Flickr

Koronavilkku has now been published

31.8.2020 9.32

The Koronavilkku smartphone app has now been published to help break infection chains. You can now download Koronavilkku to your phone free of charge from the most popular app stores. 

The app will allow people to participate in preventing the spread of the virus and to protect their own and their loved ones' health. Through the app, people exposed to the virus can be reached and infection chains can be stopped faster.