The Finnish Government a general limit for COVID-19 infections to open tourism - Case Asia

Released 25.6.2020

Updated: 30.6.2020 at 6.00 p.m.

On Tuesday, 23 June 2020, the Finnish government set a general country-specific limit for COVID-19 infections of 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days. There should be 8 or fewer infections per 100,000 inhabitants in different countries. If the number of infections in the 14-day period averages 8 or less / day, it would allow travel without special border formalities or quarantine (voluntary 14-day quarantine in Finland). The reference period is in our table 23.6 - 10.7.2020 which is longer than Finnish Government.

We will follow on daily basis now all Asian countries situation until 10.7.2020. There are also Cyprus and Turkey in this list. Cyprus is strong candidate to get status where it's citizens when entering to Finnish territory doesn't need 14 days voluntary quarantine and also leisure travellers are allowed to travel in Finland. 

This follow-up gives to Finnish incoming and outgoing travel industry more specific information what to expect in near future of border control and restrictions to travel. Our company planned to organize a sales event in Finland in the end of August, so this gives us also an estimate of foreign travel trade possibility to attend at the event. The most important pieces of information are obviously in the chart where we show the limits of "8 cases/100 000 population in each country". The shown number is for whole 14 days period which is not exactly mentioned by the Finnish Government. But it has been said the Government will be discuss those numeric figures 10.7.2020 and then the new restrictions or regulations will be coming in effect on 13.7.2020. We took longer period in our study by starting 22.6 and finishing 10.7.2020 - just in case. Also for those who are interested the estimates for each day, we added 14 days period what is maximum number of infections per day. 

Colours here such as "green" or "red" indicating if the country is over or below number 8. If it is exact 8, then the chosen colour is "yellow".  "Blue" colour means that there is not enough data from the country OR there are clear doubts the figures are not correct OR data collected is not relevant or adequate. White blocks indicates country didn't provide information that day. 

14-days average is the norm one should focus and compare daily figures. Also the total amount of cases compared to 8 cases/100 000 population.

Finnish Government should consider to lift travel restriction from these Asian countries: China, Bhutan, Brunei, China, China-Hongkong, China-Macao, Cyprus (which has already the status of free restrictions), Georgia, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. All these countries have cases <8/100 000 population. There are several other Asian nations which have lower numeric account but challenge in these countries is the number of infection tests, which may not be adequate or reliable. The updated chart shows the current situation where there are data from 7to 8 days. COVID-19 seems to have peak moment in many Asian countries at the moment.

Asia

Average 14 days/day          
. 23.6 - 10.7   Population Total tests 100 Percentage
295 222,3 Afghanistan 38 910 996 72318 7231800,00 0,19
619 16,9 Armenia 2 963 193 111844 11184400,00 3,77
540 57,9 Azerbaijan 10 138 016 482170 48217000,00 4,76
479 9,7 Bahrain 1 700 005 545125 54512500,00 32,07
3712 940,9 Bangladesh 164 667 742 769460 76946000,00 0,47
1 4,4 Bhutan 771 491 24509 2450900,00 3,18
0 2,5 Brunei 437 425 29111 2911100,00 6,66
2 95,5 Cambodia 16 715 449 36104 3610400,00 0,22
17 8224,7 China 1 439 323 776 90410000 9041000000,00 6,28
1 6,9 Cyprus 1 207 255 155429 15542900,00 12,87
3 22,8 Georgia 3 989 222 106509 10650900,00 2,67
6 42,8 Hongkong 7 496 236 321498 32149800,00 4,29
16534 7884,3 India 1 379 826 344 8608654 860865400,00 0,62
1193 1562,7 Indonesia 273 484 557 803898 80389800,00 0,29
2517 479,8 Iran 83 977 195 1666587 166658700,00 1,98
2054 229,7 Iraq 40 204 671 544545 54454500,00 1,35
451 52,6 Israel 9 197 590 978281 97828100,00 10,64
70 722,7 Japan 126 479 040 454609 45460900,00 0,36
11 58,3 Jordan 10 201 800 379796 37979600,00 3,72
511 107,3 Kazakhstan 18 773 513 1517098 151709800,00 8,08
738 24,4 Kuwait 4 269 580 386887 38688700,00 9,06
243 37,3 Kyrgystan 6 522 410 212112 21211200,00 3,25
0 41,6 Laos 7 273 919 15364 1536400,00 0,21
22 39,0 Lebanon 6 825 627 132639 13263900,00 1,94
0 3,7 Macao 649 201 0 0,00 0,00
7 184,9 Malaysia 32 359 920 764999 76499900,00 2,36
15 3,1 Maldives 540 381 49338 4933800,00 9,13
1 18,7 Mongolia 3 277 425 22532 2253200,00 0,69
1 310,9 Myanmar 54 405 596 84978 8497800,00 0,16
500 166,4 Nepal 29 127 705 526212 52621200,00 1,81
1124 29,2 Oman 5 103 851 191412 19141200,00 3,75
3531 1261,7 Pakistan 220 814 581 1283092 128309200,00 0,58
171 29,1 Palestine 5 099 021 84621 8462100,00 1,66
854 626,0 Philippines 109 559 319 708534 70853400,00 0,65
961 16,0 Qatar 2 807 805 356832 35683200,00 12,71
3727 198,9 Saudi Arabia 34 805 142 1639314 163931400,00 4,71
199 33,4 Singapore 5 849 784 684359 68435900,00 11,70
45 293,0 South Korea 51 268 806 1273766 127376600,00 2,48
12 122,4 Sri Lanka 21 412 328 105105 10510500,00 0,49
8 99,9 Syria 17 491 838 0 0,00 0,00
0 136,1 Taiwan 23 816 384 76676 7667600,00 0,32
41 54,5 Tajikistan 9 533 413 0 0,00 0,00
3 398,8 Thailand 69 798 329 603657 60365700,00 0,86
0 7,5 Timor-Leste 1 317 995 1568 156800,00 0,12
1215 481,8 Turkey 84 326 725 3331158 333115800,00 3,95
421 56,5 United Arab Emirates 9 888 695 3136000 313600000,00 31,71
217 191,2 Uzbekistan 33 461 668 1121236 112123600,00 3,35
1 556,1 Vietnam 97 327 460 275000 27500000,00 0,28
20 170,3 Yemen 29 813 140 120 12000,00 0,00


More information: Kari Halonen, kari.halonen [at] toolboxtravel.fi 
Source: Waldometers for the COVID-cases/counry and population numbers; ToolBox Consulting Ltd. calculations/day

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