Health & Lifestyle

Finland’s new coronavirus tracing app aims to balance privacy concerns

A contact tracing app which is being rolled out in Finland at the beginning of September  aims to balance privacy concerns with usefulness, after a number of countries ran into tech problems with their own software efforts. Officials are keen...

Warning as Tallinn cruise passengers exposed to coronavirus

Authorities are urging anyone who took a Silja Europa cruise to Tallinn from 30th June to 1st July to get a Covid-19 test even if they develop even mild coronavirus-like symptoms. The warning from the Finnish Institute for Health and...

Turku hospital starts coronavirus drug treatment tests

Turku University Hospital Tyks has launched a trial of a drug called tocilizumab to see if it can help stop coronavirus patients from becoming acutely ill and needing to be treated in intensive care. Tocilizumab is an immuno-suppresant drug usually...

Coronavirus risk warning for Sweden border crossings

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare has issued another warning about the risks of spreading coronavirus through border crossings between Finland and Sweden. THL says that 3,000 Finns work in the Jällivaara area of northern Sweden, and since viral...

Hospital trials fast and cheap coronavirus AI breath test

Laakso Health Centre in Helsinki is trialing a new brethalyser test to see if it gives a reliable coronavirus diagnosis. The results are available in just two minutes and at a cost of €2 it would be the fastest and...

Finland reports no coronavirus patients in intensive care

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL says there are currently no coronavirus patients being treated in intensive care. The Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District - the largest in Finland - says their last patient was well enough to...

Experts: coronavirus epidemic ‘withering’ in Finland

Public health exports and doctors from the Ministry of Health and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL say the coronavirus epidemic in Finland is withering away. At a Thursday briefing, THL Chief Physician Taneli Puumalainen said that while coronavirus...

Ministers agree to relax more coronavirus restrictions

Ministers have agreed to further relax measures put in place to slow the spread of coronavirus in Finland, after several hours of discussions at House of the Estates in Helsinki. At a Tuesday evening press conference Minister of Family and...

Coronavirus: Second wave in Finland is possible, but not certain

A second wave of coronavirus in Finland is possible, but not certain, according to healthcare officials. Speaking at a Thursday morning press conference Jussi Sane, an expert virologist at the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL, says that nobody can be...

Coronavirus: 17 new cases and 1 news death reported

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL say there have been 17 new cases of coronavirus reported in the last 24 hours, and one new death. It brings the total number of confirmed cases in Finland to almost 7,000...

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Europe Minister: Finland wants to know all EU coronavirus recovery package liabilities are clear

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) will join other EU leaders in Brussels this week for a summit, the first time they've met in person...

LISTEN: Summer Podkäst episode 2 out now

Just in time for the weekend, the second episode of our summer Podkäst is available now. On this week's show Europe Minister Tytti Tuppurainen (SDP) talks...

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...