Health & Lifestyle

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...

Deaths in Finland down during April, despite coronavirus pandemic

Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, there hasn't been any increase in the overall number of people dying in the country according to new figures from Statistics Finland. Preliminary information shows that deaths during the last week of April were lower...

Coronavirus: Finns met 75% fewer people than normal during April

There's no doubt that coronavirus, and the restrictions imposed to slow the spread of infections around the country, have had a profound impact on the way we live our lives day to day. One new figure shows just how much...

Divided science leads to confusion over children’s school safety

Students are set to return to school on 14th May after nearly two months of forced distance learning. The government's decision to re-start classes was made after Finnish public health officials determined there was no great risk for children becoming...

Fimea bans sale and marketing of rapid coronavirus home testing kit

The Finnish Medicines Agency Fimea has issued an immediate ban on marketing and selling a coronavirus home testing kit. The kits were being offered by the Finnish website testerit.fi, with a price tag of €200 each. The company had repackaged...

Finnish researchers looking at anti-rejection drugs for coronavirus treatment

Researchers at the Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District and the University of Helsinki are collaborating on a project to see whether anti-rejection drugs, used in transplant patients, could protect against Covid-19, or prevent the development of a severe form...

Doctors lack protection and have problems getting Covid-19 tests

Doctors in Finland are facing shortages of personal protective equipment at work when treating coronavirus patients according to a new survey carried out by the Finnish Medical Association Lääkäriliitto of more than 8,500 doctors. Thirty percent of respondents say there's...

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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...

HS: Pekka Haavisto facing two police charges over al-Hol handling

Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) is facing two police charges over his handling of the al-Hol refugee situation, according to Helsingin Sanomat. The newspaper reports that...