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Coronavirus spreads in Finnish care homes

Eight residents in a North Savo care home have died after being diagnosed with coronavirus.

Coronavirus has spread in Finnish care homes. Image: Sasha Silvala / Yle

Coronavirus appears to have spread in Finnish care homes, with eight residents in one home in North Savo dying after being diagnosed with Covid-19, and nine in Helsinki homes also passing away.

Both staff and residents have been infected in the North Savo home, with all the deceased very old residents of the home.

Health authorities say that those with coronavirus have been isolated, and all the chains of infection in the region have been identified.

All staff members have been tested, with some still waiting for the results. In North Savo as a whole, there were 31 confirmed coronavirus cases as of Tuesday afternoon.

In Helsinki, the municipality said on Tuesday that some 26 residents of care homes have been confirmed as suffering from coronavirus. Nine of them have died.

As of Tuesday, the latest figures showed that 34 people in Finland had died after being diagnosed with coronavirus.

Unions have complained of a shortage of personal protection equipment in care homes during the coronavirus pandemic.

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