It’s a new world order defined by the global health politics of Coronavirus. The borders are back and resealed. Maybe just temporarily or perhaps we are back to where we started before the current global integration. The year 2020 started on a high note. At least, besides the old known problems, we were not expecting fundamentally earthshaking ones. Forecasts were positive and optimism was high.
SEPPO VESTERINEN MANAGER OF THE INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED ROCK BAND HIM HAS DIED at the age of 71. Helsingin Sanomat reported that Vesterinen died late on Thursday evening in a hospital in Ekenäs after a lengthy illness.
The fifth-most watched YouTube video in the world of all time is an episode of a Russian cartoon for little children. The formidable title of being the "most viewed non-music video" belongs to it as well. Titled "Recipe for Disaster", the 17th instalment in the Russian cartoon series "Masha and the Bear" (Masha i Medved) has, as of 2019, garnered 4.213 billion views. Although primarily intended at very young audiences, the delightful, vivid and intricate 3D animation, sprightly music and acoustics, gripping, fast-paced narrative, and a witty, fastidious, and acute English translation render it attractive to any age-group.
AS THE FINNISH GOVERNMENT continues to implement new emergency measures to combat the spread of the Covid-19 virus, some vulnerable groups have been left feeling that not enough has been done to address their needs and concerns.
THE FINNISH GOVERNMENT has pledged more financial support to businesses hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
Finnish Industry Investment (Tesi), a government-owned venture and private equity capital firm, will launch a new funding programme worth 150 million euros for medium-sized businesses with a significant economic and employment impact later this month.
FINNISH POLICE AUTHORITIES have issued warnings over an alarming increase in scams across the country that are designed to take advantage of people's fears over the COVID-19 virus. Evidence has suggested that older people are at particular risk of being targeted by con-artists.
TESTING for Covid-19 should be increased further in Finland, state Petteri Orpo, the chairperson of the National Coalition, and Aki Lindén (SDP), an ex-managing director of the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS).
Lindén on Tuesday acknowledged that testing has already been increased but argued that the capacity must be ramped up further to ensure the coronavirus epidemic can be contained.
MANY RESIDENTS of Uusimaa headed to their cottages and stayed there despite the recent decision to prohibit all unnecessary travel in and out of the over 1.6-million-resident region, indicate statistics compiled by Telia.
Helsingin Sanomat revealed on Wednesday that Helsinki had roughly 23,000 fewer residents on the day of the adoption of the restrictions, 28 March, than on 14 March.
THE STRINGENT RESTRICTIONS on movement and social contact adopted by the government have slowed down the spread of the new coronavirus in Finland, tells Mika Salminen, the director of health security at the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL).
Salminen on Wednesday confirmed that the virus is no longer spreading exponentially, as it was expected to do without any restrictions.
POPULAR SUPPORT for the Social Democratic Party has jumped by 4.4 percentage points to 21.1 per cent in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, finds the most recent opinion poll commissioned by Alma Media.
The Social Democrats and Finns Party traded places at the top of the poll, with the latter seeing its popularity dip by 1.6 percentage points to 20.1 per cent since early February.
MARKKU TERVAHAUTA, the director general of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), has reminded that the coronavirus epidemic is expected to escalate despite the fact that the strict restrictions and recommendations seem to have limited the daily number of new infections in Finland.
“If everything goes very well, this epidemic could slow down significantly in the near future,” he stated to Uusi Suomi on Thursday.
NEARLY A FIFTH of Finnish employers are worried about going belly up due to the coronavirus pandemic, finds a survey by the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK).
“The economic emergency of employers has exacerbated rapidly. Temporary lay-offs are increasing sharply, but the threshold for lay-offs remains high even in a time of crisis,” stated Jyri Häkämies, the director general at EK.
THE SO-CALLED 'TEDDY BEAR CHALLENGE', which aims to keeps kids active and entertained during the Covid-19 shutdown that has put a halt to normal life for most children, has found popularity in Finland after the trend began in the US.
In the past few weeks, the COVID-19 epidemic has spread at an unexpected pace into a pandemic. Meanwhile, the situation in China is trending steadily towards a positive direction. At present, we are working around the clock to resume production, putting medical protective materials on the top of manufacturing list, and trying our best to support the world in the fight against the virus. However, China’s motives were questioned and politically interpreted recently.
FIREFIGHTER IN SALO, SOUTHWEST FINLAND spent much of the early hours of this morning tackling a monster blaze that engulfed a sawmill near the town. Authorities are currently investigating the cause of the blaze, with no clues as of yet.
THE NUMBER of Finns who could be laid off, temporarily or permanently, due to the coronavirus outbreak is growing by the day, with an estimate released at the start of this week indicating that employers are in consultative talks with as many as 280,000 employees.
The companies that have announced consultative negotiations include Altia, Fiskars, Konecranes, SSAB and UPM, according to Helsingin Sanomat.