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No new coronavirus deaths reported on Friday

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL says there were no new coronavirus-related deaths reported in Finland on Friday. The total number of people who have died from coronavirus stands at 306, the majority of those deaths occurred in...

Experts: Coronavirus epidemic continues to slow down in Finland 

The team of public health experts monitoring the government's hybrid strategy of slowly easing restrictions says the coronavirus epidemic continues to slow down compared with the previous two weeks. The average number of cases reported to the communicable disease register...

Restrictions eased for Finland’s elderly as coronavirus crisis moves into summer

The Government has unveiled new guidelines for older people during the coronavirus crisis, stressing a flexible individual approach to keeping them safe. These new instructions are more relaxed than before, when official guidance for the over-70s was to stay inside...

Finnish researchers look to dogs to sniff out coronavirus

Researchers at the University of Helsinki are investigating whether dogs' sense of smell could be a faster and more accurate test for coronavirus. Scientists from the university's medical and veterinary science departments have joined forced to see if dogs can...

67 staff and patients infected, 12 coronavirus deaths at Helsinki hospital

A coronavirus cluster at Helsinki's Suursuo Hospital infected 67 patients and staff in four wards, and left 12 patients dead since the end of April. The first infections were detected in a convalescent ward at the north Helsinki hospital, and...

HUS investigates radiation therapy treatment for Covid-19 patients

Scientists at the Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District HUS are launching a new study to see whether a very small dose of radiation directed at the lungs can affect the progress of severe coronavirus infections. Radiation therapy in Covid-19 patients...

Vaccination numbers down “significantly” due to pandemic 

The number of infants being inoculated with all types of vaccines is lower than a year ago, and in some healthcare districts coverage of rotavirus vaccine, pneumococcal vaccine and the 5-in-1 vaccine which gives protection against diptheria, tetanus, whooping...

Change of advice on coronavirus tests as capacity increases

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL is now advising anyone with coronavirus symptoms to get a test. This is a change of direction from earlier official advice at the start of the pandemic, which said anyone with mild...

Dozens of Helsinki hospital staff infected with coronavirus

Dozens of staff at one of the main Helsinki hospitals treating coronavirus patients have themselves tested positive for the virus. Since mid-March 65 employees at the capital's Laakso Hospital have been confirmed with Covid-19, with half of the infections detected...

Coronavirus and the over-70s: “I’m afraid. The hardest part is psychological I think”

Older people in Finland, faced with continued restrictions on social contact, need more instructions on how to safeguard their physical and mental health in the coming months. That's the message from former minister and diplomat Ole Norrback, Chairman of the Swedish...

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Closing time: eased restrictions on bars and restaurants come too late for some businesses

A decision to ease restrictions and allow restaurants, cafes and bars to re-open this week is welcome news for many in the industry eager...

Morning headlines: Monday 1st June 2020

Coronavirus restrictions eased today  Restrictions put in place over the last several months to slow the spread of coronavirus in Finland are being eased today....

Three Isis-linked Finnish families arrive from al-Hol refugee camp

Three Finnish families, women and children, arrived in Finland on Sunday from the al-Hol refugee camp in northern Syria. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirms...

Everything changes: Your guide to coronavirus life in Finland from 1st June

On Monday 1st June there is a whole range of new rules, regulations and recommendations coming into play as coronavirus restrictions are eased. While the...

Foreign Minister: Finland engages with China and America on problem subjects

Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) says that Finland will be taking opportunities in the coming months to press China and the USA to live...

Coronavirus round-up: Friday 29th May 2020

Here’s our evening round-up of the latest coronavirus news from Finland: Latest virus figures from THL New guidelines: yes, it's okay to travel around...

New guidelines: Yes, it’s okay to travel around the country

New guidelines issued by the Government on Friday confirm that yes, domestic travel is allowed again, as long as people take sensible precautions. There had...

Parliament approves new rules to open restaurants, cafes and bars

Parliament and the President approved new temporary amendments to the Communicable Diseases Act on Friday, which makes it possible for restaurants, bars and cafes...