HELSINKI, August 13. /TASS/. The number of coronavirus cases in Finland increased by 41 per day and reached 7,683, the Finnish National Institute for Health and Social Development said on Thursday.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 333 deaths have been recorded in the country. According to the latest estimates of the Institute, there is a slight increase in the number of infections per day in the country compared to the beginning of July.
Finland closed its borders from March 19 to May 13 to prevent the spread of the virus. Since May 14, the borders within the Schengen area have been opened for travel for business purposes and under urgent circumstances. Since June 15, the country has opened borders for the Baltic states and the Nordic countries, with the exception of Sweden, since July 13 - for almost 20 more European countries, as well as for working trips and visits under urgent circumstances between Finland and 11 non-European countries. The border with Russia remains closed until at least September 8.
Finland retained the ban on gathering in groups of more than 10 people until the end of May, from June 1 this number was increased to 50 people. Public events with more than 500 people were banned until the end of July. Since June, theaters, museums, libraries, restaurants, swimming pools have begun to open gradually. Since June 16, the state of emergency has been lifted in the country, which was introduced in March due to the pandemic.
In late December 2019, Chinese officials notified the World Health Organization (WHO) about the outbreak of a previously unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan, in central China. Since then, cases of the novel coronavirus - named COVID-19 by the WHO - have been reported in every corner of the globe, including Russia. On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic.