Here's our evening round-up of the latest coronavirus news from Finland – Monday

Latest coronavirus numbers
Finland's Minister of Justice Kuva: Mauri Ratilainen
Finland's Minister of Justice Kuva: Mauri Ratilainen

Latest coronavirus numbers

According to the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare there are now 3,868 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Finland – an increase of 85 from the day before.

The number of deaths are reported at 98 but this is likely to increase during the week as authorities conceded they’ve only been reporting patients who died in hospital, and not any deaths in elderly care homes for example. Officials have warned there could be dozens more fatalities added to the statistics when all the coronavirus deaths are counted during this week.

Meanwhile a trend of fewer people in hospital over the past week has stopped now, with more people in hospital on Monday (209) than Sunday (192). However there is one person less in intensive care on Monday than the day before.

Minister of Justice: ”I want to believe in common sense”

Finland’s Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson (SFP) says she wants to believe in common sense and responsible behaviour from Finns when it comes to social distancing and restricting all unnecessary travel.

The ministers says the three-week Uusimaa lockdown had a positive effect on the state of coronavirus, but there’s still lots more work to be done.

“It’s a tough time for everyone, but I think people in Finland do understand, and when they see now we have been able to flatten the curve, and we have have been able to keep the amount of patients in hospitals to a level that is in fact quite low” says Henriksson.

The leader of the Swedish People’s Party also says that it’s not right to think of Covid-19 as a ’Helsinki disease’ because it affects all parts of the country.

Sorry, we're closed. A popular restaurant on Helsinki's Senate Square has a familiar message to customers. Kuva: Matti Posio
Sorry, we’re closed. A popular restaurant on Helsinki’s Senate Square has a familiar message to customers. Kuva: Matti Posio

“I think it’s good to think we are in this together, and we all need to behave in a responsible way no matter where in Finland we live.”

Doctors still lacking protective equipment

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 been a temporary shortage of protective equipment at their place of work, while 6% said there are persistent shortages.

The availability of protective gear has been best in hospitals where 69% of doctors who responded to the Lääkäriliitto survey said they had enough equipment at the time they answered the questionnaire.

Save the Children allocated €200,000 for food aid

Save the Children says that it has set set aside €200,000 to provide food aid to families with children who are in financial difficulties during the coronavirus pandemic.

The organisation says it relies entirely on donations and the need for support during the crisis is growing.

Ferry travel from Helsinki to Sweden is still impossible due to the pandemia caused by coronavirus. The small ferry to Suomenlinna island is a part of Helsinki's internal transport network. Kuva: Matti Posio
Ferry travel from Helsinki to Sweden is still impossible due to the pandemia caused by coronavirus. The small ferry to Suomenlinna island is a part of Helsinki’s internal transport network. Kuva: Matti Posio

So far Save the Children has distributed more than 2,800 food cards with a value of €70 each and there are dozens of local associations as well as five regional offices of the charity involved in distributing food aid to those who need it most.

Are masks required? THL says no

There’s been a lot of uncertainty recently over advice to wear face masks at all times. Conflicting messages have appeared in the media from experts with differing views, but now the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL says that members of the public are not required to wear masks in public – unless they want to.

According to THL, wearing face masks does not protect the wearer from infection, even if it can stop someone carrying the virus from spreading it to others. However, THL says there’s no research evidence that extensive use of the masks by healthy individuals would reduce infections.

In addition, THL and the Ministry of Health say that use of self-made cloth masks in public cases can leat to a false sense of security.

The full stories and more can be read here: www.newsnowfinland.fi

Kuva: NewsNowFinland
Kuva: NewsNowFinland

Daily news about the coronavirus crisis – koronauutiset englanniksi

Luotettavan tiedon tarve on kasvanut koronakriisin jatkuessa. Kaikkia maakuntamme asukkaita ei suomen- tai ruotsinkielinen media tavoita. Siksi julkaisemme koronakriisin aikana joka ilta englanninkielisen uutiskoosteen päivän tapahtumista. Uusi kooste ilmestyy luettavaksi maanantaista perjantaihin kello 19.30.

Englanninkielinen kooste koronauutisista kertoo nimenomaan päivän tiedoista ja tapahtumista Suomessa. Aineiston tuottaa Lännen Median lehtien käyttöön englanninkielinen uutispalvelu News Now Finland.

As the coronavirus crisis continues our readers have an increased need for reliable information. Not all residents of our region are reached by Finnish or Swedish-language media. That’s why we’ve started to publish an English-language news summary of the day’s coronavirus news. The new round-up will be available online Monday through Friday at 7:30pm.

The English-language compilation of coronavirus news has the latest information related to Finland. The material is produced for Lännen Media publications by the English-language news service News Now Finland.