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Finnish police alongside military forces and border guard officials have started to enforce a blockade of a key southern region that includes the Nordic nation’s capital, Helsinki.

The exceptional order by Prime Minister Sanna Marin’s government to block the movement of citizens into and out of Uusimaa came into force on Saturday.

The region is home to some 1.7 million people, including Helsinki’s 650,000 residents.

Police have set up road blocks to main entry and exit points in Uusimaa and are checking each arriving or departing vehicle for a legitimate reason for movement.


The Albanian government has announced that people will have to apply for a permit to go out for necessities.

Prime Minister Edi Rama said people can apply online or with a text message. Only one person per family may go out.

The only shops open are those selling food, medicine and other basic items and people may only go out between 5am and 1pm from Monday to Saturday.

No movement or business activity will be allowed from Saturday at 1pm to Monday at 5am, with police and military forces patrolling the streets.

Albania has reported 186 cases of coronavirus, with 10 deaths.


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