The Finnish government announced on Monday that it would lift the last restrictions on the fight against Covit-19 when 80% of people over the age of 12 are fully vaccinated.
“Our aim is to re-open the community and keep it open,” Head of State Channa Marin told reporters after the cabinet meeting in Helsinki, dedicating the country to the strategy against the corona virus.
“It is important to increase vaccine coverage to achieve this,” he said, adding that control measures will be phased out as the health condition improves.
The Nordic country, with a population of 5.5 million, has estimated more than 130,000 infections and 1,036 deaths since the outbreak, while 53.2% of the population has been fully vaccinated, according to official figures.
Finland, the least populous country in the European Union, has experienced the lowest levels of pollution in the region since the outbreak, although the number of cases has risen sharply in recent months, especially among young people in unvaccinated population.
Restaurants and bars in areas where the virus is most prevalent are subject to measurements and restricted hours, and some local authorities recommend that people wear masks on telecommunications and in closed public places.
Earlier on Monday, the government proposed to end the two-meter body distance rule, which currently applies to large gatherings and cultural events. The change is likely to be approved by parliament in the next few days.