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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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Coronavirus round-up: Thursday 28th May 2020

Here’s our evening round-up of the latest coronavirus news from Finland: Latest virus figures from THL Conflicting messages on domestic summer travel Mixed reaction...

Municipal workers reach new pay and conditions deal

Thousands of workers in the municipal sector, including some teachers, nurses and other  healthcare workers, will be covered by a new collective bargaining contract...

Stay or go? Conflicting signals on domestic summer travel

Should you go to summer cottage this weekend, or stay at home? Are you allowed to plan a domestic travel 'staycation' this summer or...

Prime Minister’s sick leave continues until the end of the week

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) is on sick leave until the end of the week. In a statement, the PM's office says she is suffering from...

Lapland communities brace for 50-year high spring floods

Communities across Lapland are bracing for spring floods which could reach their highest peak for 50 years, with up to 5-meter surges that threaten...

Cautious government response, critical opposition response to EU recovery plan

The Government has given a guarded response to the new EU coronavirus economic recovery plan, while Finland's main opposition parties have been more critical. On...

Morning headlines: Thursday 28th May 2020

Lapland communities brace for 50-year high spring floods Communities across Lapland are bracing for spring floods which could reach their highest peak for 50 years,...

Coronavirus round-up: Wednesday 27th May 2020

Here’s our evening round-up of the latest coronavirus news from Finland: Latest virus figures from THL Finland begins first domestic face mask production Unemployment...