Board of Directors These decisions are expected when the board meets in the afternoon for a corona meeting

The government is making a decision to start preparing vaccinations and a corona passport for 12- to 15-year-olds. In addition, according to Prime Minister Marin, restaurant restrictions will be tightened in the worst areas of the epidemic.

Government will convene today at the Government Plenary Session and then at the Korona Theme Meeting. The plenary session will begin at the Estates House at 1 pm. HS will show a live broadcast of Ilta-Sanomat from the Estates House.

Coronary infections have increased sharply in Finland. However, the number of hospital admissions has not increased nearly as fast due to the expanded vaccination coverage.

The government will have to consider what should be done in a changed corona situation.

At least these issues are to be discussed or decided today:

Vaccinations for 12- to 15-year-olds begin

12-15 years old vaccinations may begin as early as next week and are due to be decided today, Prime Minister Sanna Marin (sd) said on Wednesday in Yle. The change requires a government decree.

Finland has purchased additional batches of vaccines from, among others, Romania and Bulgaria, which have not had their own vaccines worn out.

Read more: Prime Minister Marin Yle: Vaccinations for 12-15 year olds could start next week, Finland buys vaccines from Romania and Bulgaria – restaurants promised restrictions

Restaurant restrictions are tightening

Restaurant restrictions tighten in the worst disease areas due to increased infection rates, Marin told Yle.

“We still have legislation that provides the means to tighten restrictions when, for example, regions move into the spread phase. And yes, these restrictions will have to be put in place, ”he said.

The restaurants as a whole are not due to close as in the spring.

Chief of Staff of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health (STM) Kirsi Varhila said on Thursday that the restrictions would take effect on August 8 at midnight. STM suggests that in areas of the spread phase, drinking would end at 10 pm and restaurants would close their doors at 11 pm. In areas of the spread phase, the restriction would also apply to terraces.

Earlier this week, the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, Southwest Finland, Kymenlaakso and Pirkanmaa moved from the stages of the epidemic to the worst, ie the stage of spread.

Read more: STM introduces new restaurant restrictions: changes in opening hours, customer seats are also limited on outdoor terraces

Further information will be obtained from the Koronapass and the Board will discuss starting preparations

Job- and the Department of Economic Affairs has prepared a memorandum on a coron passport that would allow access to, for example, restaurants, events, and gyms for those vaccinated, those with coronary heart disease, or those who tested negative.

Today, on that basis, the government is negotiating the launch of a possible preparation.

The passport is run by, among others, the Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä (middle). Marin also told Yle that he was “fundamentally positive” about the corona passport. Back in the spring, he had a negative attitude towards it and no preparations were started at that time.

He explained the change in his attitude with the progress of vaccinations.

“In the spring, we did not have such a large vaccine coverage that I would have been prepared to broadly limit people’s participation in social activities based on whether or not they received the vaccine.”

According to Lintilä and Marin, the corona test should be passed free of charge if the passport were introduced. However, hospital districts have been concerned about the adequacy of testing capacity. The issue is also legally complex.

Read more: Minister Lintilä: The Koron passport would mean that you could take the test free of charge

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Read more: Forensic scientists tell which problems should be solved in order to introduce a corona passport in Finland as well

A new interest rate strategy is being discussed, but decisions have not yet been made

Government an update of the strategy governing Finland’s corona operations is also to be discussed.

The situation has changed as fewer people are hospitalized as vaccination coverage increases. At present, however, the virus is spreading strongly.

Kirsi Varhila said to HS on Wednesdaythat preparations for an update of the strategy are still ongoing.

According to Marin, the health care burden will be monitored even more in the future.

“As we look more and more at how this disease affects the carrying capacity of healthcare, we no longer have so many case numbers,” he said at the Estate House.

Marin estimates that vaccine coverage should reach over 90 percent for those over 16 years of age and over 70 percent for the general population.

The actual decisions to update the strategy are scheduled for mid-August.

Read more: Increasing testing due to the corona passport would be an almost impossible task for hospital districts – Husin Lehtonen: 10,000 more employees would be needed

Read more: Minister Lintilä: The Koron passport would mean that you could take the test free of charge

Read more: Forensic scientists tell which problems should be solved in order to introduce a corona passport in Finland as well

Read more: Prime Minister Marin Yle: Vaccinations for 12-15 year olds could start next week, Finland buys vaccines from Romania and Bulgaria – restaurants promised restrictions

Read more: STM’s Varhila: Preparations for an updated hybrid strategy still in progress – Government to discuss corona situation on Thursday

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Adjustment 5.8. 13.07: An earlier version of the text erroneously mentioned that STM would suggest that in areas of the acceleration phase, drinking would end at 23 and restaurants would close at 24. However, there will be no change to the opening hours restrictions, and drinking will have to end at 00 and restaurants close at 01.

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