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  • sharon sanders
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    bump this

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  • kiwibird
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    https://www.helsinkitimes.fi/finland...n-tuesday.html

    Restaurants shut down for three weeks in large parts of Finland on Tuesday
    The government added that it will amend the decree if the shutdowns are no longer necessary, or if a region moves either from the acceleration or community transmission stage to the baseline stage or from the baseline stage to the acceleration or community transmission stage.

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  • kiwibird
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    "testing people with mild symptoms would be a waste of healthcare resources." Well! There you have it!

  • kiwibird
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    https://health.economictimes.indiati...dvice/74730338

    Finnish health boss questions WHO coronavirus testing advice


    Unlike many other countries, Finland is limiting coronavirus tests to the most vulnerable groups and healthcare personnel only. The national health authority says testing people with mild symptoms would be a waste of healthcare resources.

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  • kiwibird
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    https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/new...vid-19-spread/

    Finland Tells EU Commission That Entry Restrictions Are Necessary to Halt COVID-19 Spread
    Restrictions imposed by Finland’s government on the freedom of movement of European Union citizens’ when entering the country are necessary to halt the further spread of the Coronavirus outbreak as well as its new variants.

    These comments of Finland’s Ministry of Interior, together with other key ministries, have been addressed to the European Commission as a response to the latter’s addressed letter to the Finnish authorities, urging Finland to terminate its imposed entry and movement restrictions, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

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  • kiwibird
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    https://www.prnewswire.com/news-rele...301242174.html

    JOENSUU, Finland, March 8, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Rokote Laboratories Finland Ltd., a newly-founded academic spin-out based in Finland is working to develop and introduce to the markets a nasal spray vaccine against COVID. The vaccine is based on research carried out at the University of Helsinki and the University of Eastern Finland.

    The vaccine uses gene transfer technology developed at the University of Eastern Finland by Academy Professor Seppo Ylä-Herttuala's research group, and the technology has already been successfully used in several clinical trials using gene therapy to treat cardiovascular diseases and cancer

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  • kiwibird
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    https://www.helsinkitimes.fi/

    https://www.helsinkitimes.fi/finland...n-finland.html

    INTENSIVE CARE BEDS in the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS) have started filling up quickly due to a surge in the number of coronavirus infections, reports YLE.

    Asko J?rvinen, the chief physician of infectious diseases at HUS, revealed yesterday to the public broadcasting company that the number of coronavirus patients has almost doubled in hospitals in the district in a week.
    A particular concern is the spread of the new, more contagious mutations of the virus – both to and within the borders of Finland.
    ..snip

    https://yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/news/n...hases/11825131

    Niinist? slams EU vaccine procurements, suggests Finland could consider direct purchases

    The Finnish president said the European Medicines Agency (EMA) is "lagging behind" on vaccine approval.
    Finnish President Sauli Niinist? has criticised the European Union for its joint procurement of coronavirus vaccines.

    "Which [vaccines] have been ordered and what binding commitments were made? There's no doubt they should have done better at this. We have examples of countries that have been more successful than the EU in getting vaccines for themselves," the president said in an interview with Ilta-Sanomat, published on Saturday.

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  • Okieman
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    Finland doubles down on restrictions: Arrivals from Estonia can't enter

    NEWS
    ERR, ERR News
    Today at 09.19

    The restrictions on entering Finland established on February 23, have caused a lot of confusion among Estonian citizens and residents, many of whom travel between the two countries for work, family and other reasons. Since it is now necessary to present a negative coronavirus test, many people have taken that as a sign that the bar on entry for all but the most significant cases has been lifted - which it hasn't.

    Only those who are able to present a negative COVID-19 test are allowed on ferries sailing between Tallinn and Helsinki. Exceptions are made for children under 13, and transport staff.

    <snip>

    Finland was one of those states listed, despite having one of the lowest COVID-19 rates in Europe. While, on February 23, the Finnish state established a negative test requirement, this didn't bring with it the hoped relaxation of the restrictions.

    Latvia has also closed its border, including to EU citizens meaning, with the Russian Federation borders subject to stringent entry requirements even before the pandemic, Estonia is practically cut off from the rest of Europe, other than by air.

    https://news.err.ee/1608132061/finla...ia-can-t-enter

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  • Okieman
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    Finland’s Hospitals Come Under Strain as Infections Hit Record

    By
    Leo LaikolaMarch 4, 2021, 3:03 AM CST

    The coronavirus pandemic is starting to burden Finland’s hospitals as the weekly number of confirmed infections hit a record, the health ministry warned.

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    The government is set to invoke emergency powers on Friday, which would allow non-urgent care to be delayed as the pandemic spreads. According to the current estimates, an infected person passes the virus on average to about 1.15 to 1.35 others, as the more infectious U.K. strain circulates.

    Just under 60,000 people in Finland have tested positive for the coronavirus and 759 people have died of the illness since the initial outbreak. Finland is now the second-worst affected in the Nordic region in terms of 14-day incidence, after Sweden, according to WHO data.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...ons-hit-record

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  • Okieman
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    Bus trip results in cluster of South African COVID variant infections

    FINLAND 03 MARCH 2021

    A new cluster of COVID-19 cases has been traced to passengers on an inter-city bus that travelled from Helsinki to Savonlinna. The Savonlinna Central Hospital has confirmed that the infections were caused by the South African strain of the virus.

    As of Wednesday morning, 64 people were confirmed to be infected with the new variant, which is thought to be more contagious than the original virus. The bus was carrying about a dozen passengers when it made the journey on 26 January.

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    Of those that were infected, one person has been hospitalised and the others have reported mild symptoms. All passengers and crew that were aboard the bus in question have been quarantined.

    Representatives from the Savonlinna Central Hospital believe that the infection originated within the country.

    Tahira Sequeira

    Helsinki Times

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  • kiwibird
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    In the UK the government is showing graphs of hospitilisations of over 80's going down - down https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/b7127...a31d366372cea5 - with those under 80 showing a slower decline in deaths, a decline nonetheless, until the last few days - which seems to show a slight increase. This is in spite of the number of cases confirmed each day dropping rapidly over the past month.

    The graphs are being held up as evidence of the massive vaccination program working well - I am just wondering after this very informative thread - if it could be showing something different. It is a pity there is not a bigger breakdown - I will try to find one. Thank you Okieman and Sharon.

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  • sharon sanders
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    Just as we watched China, we should be looking at what is going on currently in Europe. I see all over the US press..."the numbers are down"..."gonna be over in April"..."some states are close to herd immunity"...

    Please...everyone...common sense...

    If you are high risk...please use caution...we all want to return to "normal". Large hard lockdowns are not enforceable - you need to protect yourself.

    Here are more Europe threads:

    Czech Republic faces 'hellish days', needs tighter COVID measures, PM says - February 24, 2021

    Poland entering third wave of COVID-19, health ministry says

    Italy requires an "immediate total lockdown" on a nationwide level a senior coronavirus advisor to the Italian health ministry says - February 15, 2021

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  • sharon sanders
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    Also please see:

    Finland - 40% of persons over 80 vaccinated against COVID-19 coronavirus amid B1.1.7 surge - 3 week lockdown to start March 8 - February 23, 2021

    Finland - Critical care beds filling up quickly in HUS, largest hospital district in Finland - February 23, 2021

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  • Okieman
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    Avian Flu Diary - Michael Coston, had a post about Fin-796H on February 20, 2021. It is here if you would like to read it:
    https://afludiary.blogspot.com/2021/...about-fin.html
    and also here on FluTrackers: https://flutrackers.com/forum/forum/...n-796h-variant

    Croftsblogs had also posted about it on February 24, 2021. It is here if you would like to read it:
    https://crofsblogs.typepad.com/h5n1/...-pcr-test.html

    I put these links here for those who would like additional context about this variant Thankyou both Avian Flu Diary and Croftsblogs for the work you do.

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  • Okieman
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    ----------------Google Translated----------------

    How does it feel to close a municipality when there are no corona infections? Mayor: "I would have liked more regional assessment"


    Many municipalities are now facing government-led closure measures, although there have been only a few coronary infections throughout the epidemic.

    Preparations for the closure, which will begin next week, are now under way in many municipalities where coronary infections are zero or have been counted on two-fingered fingers throughout the year-long epidemic.
    According to the mayor, the closure measures strongly recommended by the government in Multia, which has a population of 1,500 in Central Finland, are likely to be implemented in full, even though Multia has had no or fewer infections and therefore does not appear in public statistics.
    - Yes, it seems unfortunate to take these heavy restrictive measures once we have avoided the disease. On the other hand, I understand that it is worth taking steps to keep the situation so good, says Mayor Noora Pajari.

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    https://yle.fi/uutiset/3-11811369

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    Okieman Comment: I have looked at a number of regional newspapers in Finland. Much of the country is not experiencing many cases of Covid-19. I posted this article to illustrate this. Finland is going to a nationwide set of restrictions even though they are not experiencing it nationwide. So,....something has them spooked enough to shut things down everywhere to limit the spread. Maybe it is just the UK variant causing this. It is bad enough. But I have to wonder if this other variant is driving it. Here is Estonia: https://covid19.who.int/region/euro/country/ee Scroll down to see the chart. Estonia is across part of the Baltic Sea from Finland. Here is Sweden: https://covid19.who.int/region/euro/country/se

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