Finland declares a state of emergency.
Finland declares a state of emergencyThe Government, in cooperation with the President of the Republic, has declared a state of emergency in Finland due to COVID-19.
Prime Minister Sanna Marin and Minister of Employment Tuula Haatainen held a briefing.
The latest news from the local authorities is that we are not closing the school building after spring break. Finland has declared a state of emergency but the local Covid situation here in Lapland is calm.
Government Communications Department 1.3.2021 13.10PRESS RELEASE 126/2021
The Government, in cooperation with the President of the Republic, has declared a state of emergency in Finland due to COVID-19. In its plenary session on Monday 1 March, the Government declared that the country is in a state of emergency as referred to in section 3, paragraph 5 of the Emergency Powers Act. The state of emergency will enter into force immediately.
Section 3, paragraph 5 of the Emergency Powers Act states that a widespread outbreak of a serious infectious disease, the effect of which is comparable to a major disaster, meets the definition of a state of emergency.
The number and incidence of COVID-19 cases in Finland have risen very rapidly since the beginning of February 2021. The number of infections caused by new virus variants has clearly increased, which may further accelerate the epidemic and place significant strain on hospital and intensive care capacity if we are unable to bring the number of infections down.
At this stage, there is no immediate need to adopt the powers laid down in Part II of the Emergency Powers Act, which restrict the fundamental rights of citizens, but the need to introduce them will depend on how the epidemic progresses in the near future. However, the Government estimates that it will be necessary to apply the provisions of sections 106 (communication by the state administrative authorities in emergencies) and 107 (powers in emergencies) of Chapter 15 of the Act once the state of emergency enters into force.
The government decision declaring the state of emergency will enter into force immediately and will remain in force until it is repealed.