The text message urges people to follow the recommendations and restrictions in place in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

A coronavirus alert will be sent to Finnish mobile numbers to remind people of the worsening coronavirus pandemic. Photograph: Marco Verch/Flickr
A coronavirus alert will be sent to Finnish mobile numbers to remind people of the worsening coronavirus pandemic. Photograph: Marco Verch/Flickr

Expect to receive a text message from an unfamiliar source to your phone number provided by a Finnish mobile network operator.

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health has agreed with Finnish mobile network operators and the Emergency Response Centre Agency that the operators will send a coronavirus alert from the ministry to their subscribers via text message.

The text message urges people to follow the recommendations and restrictions in place in order to stop the spread of the disease. The message reads: “MSAH Epidemic alert:COVID-19 is worsening in Finland. Protect yourself & others. Please follow regional recommendations & restrictions. Read more thl.fi/regions.”

The text message is one of the measures used to convey information about the worsening Covid-19 situation. The text will be sent in Finnish, Swedish, English and North Saami.

In the past few weeks, the Covid-19 has worsened almost everywhere in Finland. Because the situation varies from region to region, the recommendations and restrictions may also vary.

The aim of the recommendations and restrictions is to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, safeguard the resource capacity of the healthcare system and shield and protect people, especially those in risk groups.

The operators began rolling out messages on December 2.

The messages will be sent in stages so people may receive them at different times.