Tuesday's papers: Hospital burden, Finland's "hellish" fur farms and an employment uptick

On Tuesday morning, media covered the challenges faced by Finland's hospitals and an exposé on the cruel conditions in fur farms

Healthcare officials are worried about the rise in influenza and RSV cases Image: Alamy / All Over Press

This week Helsingin Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun) reports that on Monday, hospitals in Finland had more Covid-19 patients than ever before.

As of Monday, 322 people had been hospitalised after contracting the virus, compared to 284 a week ago and 255 the week before that, as per data from the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL).

Helsingin Sanomat also reports (siirryt toiseen palveluun) that hospitals are facing an additional burden from patients falling ill from other viruses, particularly the seasonal flu and the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

The Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS) has had to increase its ICU units from 15 to 21 to accommodate the growing number of Covid-19 patients requiring critical care.

According to Jari Petäjä, the acting Chief Medical Officer of HUS, the number of Covid-19 patients is expected to rise at a moderate rate due to increasing vaccination coverage; however, health officials are troubled by the growing number of influenza and RSV cases.

Hospitals in HUS are currently treating a total of 20 patients for the RSV virus, which primarily affects children. “We are pessimistic and believe the RSV epidemic will be severe, as it was in Sweden," Petäjä said.

British tabloid exposes "hellish" fur farms in Finland

British tabloid The Mirror has published a story (siirryt toiseen palveluun) detailing an undercover investigation of three arctic fox fur farms in Finland.

The exposé, which was highlighted (siirryt toiseen palveluun) by Ilta-Sanomat, paints a disturbing picture of animals in distress, claiming that the foxes were left to suffer from untreated deformities and diseases as well as uncontrolled obesity.

It cites Kristo Muurimaa of the Finnish animal protection group Oikeutta Eläimille as saying that this is "the norm" in Finland, which is the largest producer of fox fur in Europe.

The story also alleges that most of the foxes are killed before they are skinned at just eight months old.

While it does not mention the name or location of the farms in question, the article includes numerous unsettling pictures of the animals, which are reportedly kept in small cages with no bedding.

Sudden employment spurt a pleasant surprise

A sudden rise in Finland's employment rate following a recent slump has been welcome news for economists, reports (siirryt toiseen palveluun) Finnish tabloid Iltalehti.

According to the Labour Force Survey (siirryt toiseen palveluun) by Statistics Finland, October 2021 saw 65,000 more people employed than the same period last year.

Additionally, there were 37,000 fewer unemployed people this month compared to a year ago.

Pasi Sorjonen, the Chief Economist of trade union confederation Akava wrote that the employment trend was "strong" on Twitter, calling the lower than expected unemployment figures a "pleasant surprise."

Jukka Appleqvist, Chief Economist of the Finland Chamber of Commerce, echoed the sentiment, saying the employment figures were "excellent" in a tweet.