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Coronavirus latest: 193 new cases, few infections in schools, political tensions in Helsinki

This article brings you the latest updates on the novel coronavirus pandemic in Finland.

Kuvassa on maski kasvoillaan kulkevia ihmisiä Helsingin keskustassa 14. lokakuuta 2020.
Mask-wearing rail passengers at Helsinki's Central Railway Station on 14 October. Image: Silja Viitala / Yle
  • 15,163 lab-confirmed infections as of Tuesday 27.10 (up by 193 since Monday)
  • 354 deaths linked to coronavirus as of Monday 26.10 (up by three since 19.10)
  • 74 people in hospital, 10 of whom in intensive care as of Monday 26.10
  • Hospital districts report on deaths and hospitalised patients on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

27.10 17:32 Helsinki Airport offers empty car park for winter boat storage

The coronavirus crisis has led to a collapse in air travel, and Finland's airport operators have been forced to think outside the box. Airport operator Finavia has come up with the idea of offering Helsinki Airport's indoor car part for the winter storage of cars and boats.

There is more on this story here.

27.10 16:40 Finland reports 193 new cases on Tuesday

Finland reported 193 new lab-confirmed Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the total number of infections to 15,163.

Some 2,664 infections have been reported over the last two weeks, which is 57 more cases than in the previous two weeks.

27.10 15:22 Charity project aims to support Lapland's sled dogs

Stand-up comedian Jean-Eric "Zaani" Chaumentin and entrepreneur Ville Wallenius have launched an international charity project aimed at saving thousands of sled dogs left out of work by the collapse of tourism to Lapland due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Read more on this story here.

27.10 14:42 THL corona update later than usual on Tuesday

The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) has announced a delay in the reporting of lab-confirmed coronavirus cases on Tuesday. The reports are usually made available shortly after midday on weekdays.

27.10 9:49 Paper: Tension between Helsinki Mayor and government

Finland's largest circulation daily, Helsingin Sanomat, carries an article claiming that relations are tense between Helsinki Mayor Jan Vapaavuori (NCP) and the government of Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP).

The cause of the tensions, it writes, is a government decision-in-principle announced Friday restricting free time activities and public events in order to combat the spread of coronavirus.

Read more of Tuesday's extensive press review here.

26.10 20:35 HUS: Few infections in schools

Very few children have fallen ill with Covid-19 in Finland’s largest healthcare district, the Helsinki and Uusimaa hospital district (HUS), doctors said on Monday. Those who have tested positive for coronavirus have had mild symptoms, they added.

According to Professor Harri Saxén of the New Children’s Hospital, “the situation in schools remains good. There is no reason to switch to distance learning at this point,” although “the situation is different in the Vaasa region” of western Finland, where the virus is spreading.

Read our article here.

26.10 15:35 Pandemic drives rethink of home design

The massive upswing in the number of people working from home since the start of the coronavirus epidemic has brought a push to include workspaces for telecommuting in all types of housing in Finland.

A number of Finnish housing associations are considering offering residents dedicated teleworking facilities.

Full story here.

26.10 12:49 122 new coronavirus cases in Finland

Finland reported 122 new lab-confirmed Covid-19 cases on Monday, bringing the total number of infections to 14,970. The highest number of new cases was diagnosed in the Helsinki University Hospital District, which recorded 81 new infections. Hospital districts in Vaasa and Northern Ostrobothnia reported 10 and seven new cases respectively.

26.10 10:03 Queries over Covid and personal privacy

Turku-based daily Turun Sanomat, reports Monday morning that Finland's Data Protection Ombudsman has received a large number of inquiries about personal privacy issues related to the coronavirus epidemic, especially in working life. These issues have been mainly questions such as whether or not taking an employee’s temperature or and reporting a coronavirus infection to the authorities is a violation of privacy. Read more about this story as well as extensive coverage of the recent Vastaamo psychotherapy centre data breach, in today's newspaper roundup.

Previous updates archived here.

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