Health & Lifestyle

Jan Vapaavuori: ‘We’re working to fix covid testing problems’

The Mayor of Helsinki says his administration is working with Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District HUS to fix some major problems with coronavirus testing in the capital. This week has seen a steady stream of media stories highlighting the several-days...

Minister: Fines or prison time for travelers who don’t self-isolate

Finland will introduce fines or even a possible three month prison sentence for people who refuse to go into self-isolation when they arrive from a high risk coronavirus country. Speaking at a Monday evening press conference, Minister of Family and...

Let’s speak about our periods: Campaign pressures politicians to cut tax on sanitary products

A campaign spearheaded by the Finnish Feminist Association Naisunioni is working with political parties to raise awareness of the issues of period poverty, and to get a tax cut on their agendas. There's currently value added tax of 24% put...

Cargo ship with coronavirus crew arriving in Uusikaupunki port

A Norwegian cargo ship with cases of Covid-19 on board is due to arrive in Uusikaupunki on Finland's west coast on Friday afternoon. The Yara Nauma left the Estonian city of Sillamäe on Wednesday evening, where it had been docked...

THL: Coronavirus cases “have risen slightly”; as minister considers work from home orders

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL reports that nationwide the coronavirus epidemic situation remains stable but the number of cases "have risen slightly." The comment comes as Minister of Social Affairs and Health Aino-Kaisa Pekonen (Left) writes that...

Contact tracing app launches in limited test phase

A new mobile phone application which helps public health officials track and trace cases of coronavirus is being launched on Tuesday for a month of testing. The first people to test the new app on a voluntary basis are several...

New airport coronavirus testing option: “All the processes were very smooth”

Officials at Helsinki Airport say that "all the processes were very smooth" on the first day of offering coronavirus tests for arriving passengers. Public health authorities in Finland have consistently said that mass screenings for Covid-19 symptoms at airports were...

Linnanmäki coronavirus ‘mass exposure’ confirmed by city

The City of Helsinki is confirming a coronavirus 'mass exposure' event took place at Linnanmäki amusement park in the capital at the end of July. A statement released on Monday evening says that a group of people visited the park...

Independent science team contradicts ministry’s face mask research

A group of Finnish researchers have concluded that there's some significant benefits in combating coronavirus if people wear masks. The independent analysis by the Get Rid of Coronavirus group looked at the same data as a previous study commissioned by...

HUS Infection Control Chief: Second wave is coming, but mask decisions are more complex

The Chief of Infection Control at Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District has warned that a second wave of coronavirus is very likely in Finland, but says the country is in a much better position to cope with it than...

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Morning headlines: Wednesday 12th August 2020

Li Andersson: 'Coronavirus back-to-school discussion has moved on since spring' Finnish students are heading back to school on Wednesday, after an unprecedented year that saw...

Li Andersson interview: ‘Coronavirus back-to-school discussion has moved on since spring’

Finnish students are heading back to school on Wednesday, after an unprecedented year that saw classes suspended during the worst of the coronavirus epidemic...

Turku knife attack hero in court over compensation fraud 

A British man hailed as a hero during the Turku terror attack was in court Tuesday facing charges of fraud. Hassan Zubier, who lives in...

Finland’s top diplomat in Beirut: ‘Lebanese people seem to be tired of rising from the ashes’

The Muslim call to prayer echoed from mosques across Lebanon on Tuesday evening, as church bells tolled at exactly 18:09, a week after a...

Minister of Justice caught out by announcement of strict quarantine rules

Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson (RKP) was apparently caught out by a Monday night announcement from Minister of Family and Basic Services Krista Kiuru (SDP) that...

Morning headlines: Tuesday 11th August 2020

New testing regime, and fines or prison time for travelers who don't self-isolate Finland will introduce fines or even a possible three month prison sentence...

Minister: Fines or prison time for travelers who don’t self-isolate

Finland will introduce fines or even a possible three month prison sentence for people who refuse to go into self-isolation when they arrive from...

Investigators scour social media video for Hanko powerboat crash clues

Accident investigators are scouring social media video to find different views of a boat crash that left a child of primary school age dead,...