In the near future, a working group created to tackle the spread of the coronavirus aims to begin identifying high-risk restaurants, and they are also recommending that private entrepreneurs would require that their customers would wear masks.

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The number of new coronavirus on Tuesday, 227, is the highest reported number of new Covid-19 infections reported during 24 hours in Finland this autumn.


This was confirmed in a press conference today by Mika Salminen, director of health security at the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL).

The “number one” spot in today’s numbers, according to Salminen, is held by Vaasa, a city on the west coast of Finland with a population of about 67,000 inhabitants.

In Helsinki, there were 40 new confirmed infections on Tuesday.

The press conference revealed some of the new measures to be taken to attempt the spreading of the virus. These measures have been planned jointly by a working group that include the cities of Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa in cooperation with THL, the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS) and the Regional State Administrative Agency for Southern Finland.

According to the working group, they are starting to identify restaurants that could be considered high-risk. The objective is to interfere in any high-risk action that could help to spread the virus.

The group is also recommending solo entrepreneurs to require their customers to use face masks in any encounters with people.

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CORRECTION: In an earlier version of this article, Director of Health Security Mika Salminen at THL was incorrectly quoted by saying that Tuesday’s number of coronavirus infections was the highest yet in Finland. In fact, Salminen meant that the number is the highest this autumn.