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Coronavirus latest: 222 new cases and 4 deaths on Wednesday, rules changing for pubs and eateries

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

Vaasan keskusairaalan drive-in -koronatesti
A Covid-19 drive-in testing point in Vaasa. Image: Hans-Mikael Holmgren / Yle
  • 14,071 lab-confirmed infections as of Wednesday 21.10 (up by 222 since Tuesday)
  • 355 deaths linked to coronavirus as of Wednesday 21.10 (up by four since 19.10)
  • 65 people in hospital, 7 of whom in intensive care as of Wednesday 21.10
  • Hospital districts report on deaths and hospitalised patients on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

21.10 20:40 Government preparing changes to 'dual test' travel model

Government sources have revealed to Yle that the government is finalising changes to the current travel model which, if passed, would see tourists coming into Finland for three days only required to produce a negative test result from their country of origin.

More here.

21.10 16:24 Viking Line reports drop in profits, revenue despite peak season

The coronavirus crisis has had a significant impact on Viking Line's operations, with the passenger and cargo ferry company reporting on Wednesday that operating income has dropped by 35.2 million euros so far this year compared to the same period last year.

There is more on this story here.

21.10 13:57 Face masks saving speeding drivers from fines

The recommendation to use face masks in public spaces is causing challenges for Finland's newly-installed traffic surveillance cameras, as a small percentage of drivers cannot be identified due to the facial coverings -- and are therefore escaping fines.

Read more on this story here.

21.10 13:07 Finland reports 222 new Covid cases, 4 more deaths

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) reported 222 new lab-confirmed coronavirus cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of overall infections to 14,071.

THL also reported four further deaths linked to the virus.

21.10 11:46 Nursing home probe focuses on financial gain

Lännen Media reports that police are looking into whether the owners of a nursing home in Kiuruvesi where twelve people died after testing positive for Covid-19 may have benefitted financially from under-resourcing its operation.

Our story is here.

21.10 9:26 Paper ponders exercise in age of coronavirus

In our press review on Wednesday, we found Ilta-Sanomat's story about the impact of coronavirus restrictions on the shape of the population. Specifically the body shape of much of the population.

Working from home reduces commutes to zero and many forms of group exercise have been restricted since coronavirus entered our lives.

Read more on this and other stories featured in the press review.

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Kuvassa tehdään koronavirustestiä Helsingin Messukeskuksen drive-in-testauspisteellä lokakuussa 2020.
A coronavirus drive-in testing site at the Helsinki Expo and Convention Centre. Image: Silja Viitala / Yle

20.10 18:47 Three Covid-related deaths at one of Helsinki's largest nursing homes

Three residents have died of coronavirus-related illness this month at one of Helsinki's largest nursing homes, the Tilkka care centre, according to information obtained by Yle.

Read more here.

20.10 16:25 Restrictions to tighten on nightclubs, ease on sit-down eateries

Finnish bars and nightclubs will in future be under tighter restrictions than restaurants and cafes after a historic decision to define differences between different forms of hospitality businesses.

Previously the term 'restaurant' had covered all types of eateries and watering holes, with coronavirus restrictions applied evenly across the sector

Read more here.

20.10 13:26 THL: No sign of pandemic slowing

The state of the Covid-19 epidemic varies from place to place in Finland, but it is nevertheless at full throttle, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) director Mika Salminen told reporters on Tuesday.

"There is no slowdown in sight, rather the pandemic is still in full swing," Salminen said during a status update on the situation.

Salminen pointed out that determined action, which does not necessarily mean a full lockdown of society -- can still influence the development of the epidemic.

Read more here.

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Katsojia kasvomaskit päällä desinfioimassa ennen jääkiekon Liigan ottelua HIFK vs Kärpät Helsingissä 9. lokakuuta.
Hockey fans wearing protective face masks and using hand disinfectant at the HIFK vs Kärpät match in Helsinki on 9 October. Image: Jussi Nukari / Lehtikuva

20.10 13:20 Finland sees 294 new Covid cases on Tuesday

Finland reported 294 new lab-confirmed coronavirus cases on Tuesday, Taneli Puumalainen, senior physician with public health agency THL said at a press conference on Tuesday.

Puumalainen said that Tuesday's figures also include positive Covid-19 test results from the past few days.

20.10 10:55 Finnair slashes 700 jobs -- 600 in Finland

State-owned airline Finnair has announced a total of 700 job cuts after co-determination talks with trade unions. Some 600 of the redundancies will occur in Finland, with 100 jobs lost overseas.

Talks with Finnish unions centred on 2,800 jobs affected by the dramatic reduction in demand for aviation over recent months due to the coronavirus pandemic and related travel restrictions. Cabin crew and pilots were not included in those talks. Read more about the payroll cuts here.

20.10 09:20 Papers focus on contact tracing concerns in Uusimaa

In most of Finland, contact tracing has worked well in suppressing the disease. However in Uusimaa, the weekly proportion of cases that could not be traced back to another patient ran from 63 percent of infections to 80 percent, reports daily Helsingin Sanomat. Our morning paper roundup also looks at the progress of Tampere's tram network and a businessman offering people the chance to plump large sums for a hotel room-cum-office. Read the full digest here.

Previous updates here.

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