Finland’s prime minister Sanna Marin called for Europe to agree on a common strategy against COVID-19, while her country faces deteriorated situation in recent days, according to Reuters.
Finland is the only EU country not to be hit by a strong second wave of COVID-19 this autumn, said PM on Thursday. According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Finland’s two-week incidence rate per 100,000 inhabitants stood at 75.8 on Wednesday. Despite this, the Finnish government warned the number of new corona cases was rising at a worrying pace.
“This will cause protests more and more, and it’s a breeding ground for populist movements across Europe. When you’re closing an economy and people’s workplaces, it will cause political instability. Populists come with easy answers to difficult problems, but their solutions are rarely the right ones,” Sanna Marin said on Thursday.
In recent months, people in European countries blame governments for closing economies and hurting their wages and employment. While Finland has an average of about 40 daily cases per million people, a level that has remained stable for the past month. Austria has 20 times the number of daily cases, the Czech Republic 15 times, and Sweden 10 times.