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No new coronavirus infections, as medical experts chart decreasing viral rates

There were no new coronavirus infections reported in Finland between Wednesday and Thursday, as medical experts say the viral transmission rates have continued to decrease. The R0-number in Finland - the number of other people each coronavirus patient can infect...

Record high amphetamine levels and drug-drive offenses

Researchers have found record high levels of amphetamines in capital region wastewater – a level which has continued to grow even during coronavirus lockdown restrictions. A survey of wastewater at water treatment facilities in Helsinki showed a 15% rise in...

No mandatory masks – but government says the are times to consider wearing them

After several months without a decision, and conflicting advice from officially-appointed panels of experts, the Finnish Government has finally decided they won't make it mandatory to wear a face mask in public. Ministers met to discuss the subject on Wednesday,...

Coronavirus detected in Helsinki and Turku wastewater

Microbiologists have discovered traces of the coronavirus in wastewater samples from Helsinki and Turku. Samples from Tampere, Kuopio and Oulu however showed no signes of the virus. The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL says scientists took water samples...

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...

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Morning headlines: Friday 10th July 2020

Another prediction for Finland's shrinking economy   Mortgage credit specialists Hypo predicts that the Finnish economy will shrink by 7% this year, the latest organistion...

Museums hope for post-lockdown July visitor boom

After months of lockdown and coronavirus restrictions, Finland's museums are hoping for for a visitor boom in July. There's already been a rise in the...

New proposals for maximum police response times in cities, countryside

The National Police Board is proposing new maximum response times for officers on call-outs, depending on which part of the country the 112 emergency...

Finnish diver dies in Lofoten Islands accident

A Finnish man has died in a diving accident in northern Norway. The University of Northern Norway says on Twitter that the incident took place in Fiskebøl in...

Morning headlines: Thursday 9th July 2020

Justice Minister: Special preparations in place for 2021 elections Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henrkisson (SFP) tells Uutissuomalainen newspaper group that there could be special preparations put...

Police make arrests after shot fired at Helsinki bar

Police in Helsinki say they've made several arrests after a shooting at a Helsinki karaoke bar which left one person injured. It happened on Snellmaninkatu...

First group of child migrants arrives in Mediterranean deal

The first group of children and young people from refugee camps in the Mediterranean region arrived in Finland on Wednesday. The 24 minors, aged 10...

Finland opening borders to more foreign travelers

The government says it's easing border restrictions with more than 20 countries, so that visitors will be able to come to Finland for any...