HELSINKI POLICE HAVE LAUNCHED AN INVESTIGATION AFTER HUMAN REMAINS were discovered on the shores of Kyläsaari, in the east of the city. According to MTV, two human feet were discovered yesterday.
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A THICK VEIL OF FOG DESCENDED ON CENTRAL HELSINKI earlier this morning, covering much of the capital within ten minutes of arriving and staying for about an hour before dissipating completely.
KRISTA KIURU (SDP), the Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services, has promised a variety of measures to mitigate the possible second wave of the coronavirus epidemic.
Kiuru on Wednesday told Helsingin Sanomat that the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) has been asked to draw up a recommendation for the use of face coverings and ramp up the testing capacity.
A TOTAL OF 12 PEOPLE were detained last weekend on probable cause of murder by the District Court of Helsinki.
The murder is believed to have taken place in Helsinki between Tuesday, 28 July, and Wednesday, 29 July, with the police bringing each of the 12 suspects into custody during the course of Wednesday.
JUHA TUOMINEN, the CEO of the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS), said on YLE’s A-studio on Wednesday that the second wave of the new coronavirus has already hit Finland.
“I’m personally of the view that the second wave has already started. It started after the first week of July. Before that, infections were dropping steadily, but after that infections have been rising steadily,” he stated.
THE GOVERNMENT of Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) will re-examine the need for its recommendation on remote work in light of the recent increase in coronavirus infections, tells Aino-Kaisa Pekonen (Left Alliance), the Minister of Social Affairs and Health.
“The increase in infection numbers gives reason to examine the need to continue remote work at workplaces where it’s possible,” she outlined on Twitter on Wednesday.
Over the past few years, the hidden battle between government-owned company Veikkaus and online casino providers oftentimes operating from Malta has become more intense. Both sides have taken extra measures in order to offer better services. Yet, Veikkaus has been facing criticism over its more aggressive marketing acts and the placement of slot machines in more deprived areas of Finland.
THE QUARANTINE INSTRUCTIONS provided to people who have been exposed to the new coronavirus will be tightened as authorities continue to prepare for a possible second wave of the epidemic in Finland, reveals Kirsi Varhila, the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.
Varhila on Thursday outlined in a press conference that the instructions will be updated to make sure people exposed to the virus really stay at home until their test results come back.
THE EMBASSY OF FINLAND IN BEIRUT HAS REPORTEDLY BEEN 'COMPLETELY DESTROYED' following a massive explosion that rocked the Lebanese capital yesterday. One Finnish national is also reported to have been injured in the blast.
SOME FINNISH SUPERMARKET CHAINS HAVE REPORTED A TENFOLD increase in the sale of personal face masks over the course of the past few days, following reports over the weekend that THL will be recommending the use of face masks in public spaces.
THE FINNISH GOVERNMENT HAS ANNOUNCED THAT IT WILL BE REINTRODUCING travel restrictions on those arriving from The Netherlands, Belgium, and Andorra following an increase in the rate of new infections in those countries.
MOST SENIOR MEMBERS of the Green League are prepared to abandon the ruling coalition if it fails to make decisions on concrete climate actions in its budget session scheduled for September, reveals a survey conducted by YLE.
YLE on Saturday revealed that only 16 per cent of respondents viewed that the party should stay in the government even if the five ruling parties failed to agree on climate actions.
THE FINANCIAL STRUGGLES of Helsinki Region Transport (HSL) may result in increases in fares, cuts in services or increases in municipal contributions, tells Jonne Virtanen, the director of route network and timetable planning at HSL.
“I’m certain that all of the said options will be on the table when the time comes to make the decisions,” he confirmed on Sunday.
POPULAR SUPPORT for the Social Democratic Party has risen to a record-high level, according to the latest opinion poll commissioned by YLE.
The public broadcasting company reported this morning that the centrepiece of the coalition government rose by 1.5 percentage points from the previous month to 23.4 per cent, a level that is almost six points higher than its vote share in the parliamentary elections of 2019.
MINISTER OF ECONOMIC AFFAIRS Mika Lintilä (Centre) has floated the possibility of extending the financial support offered to businesses to compensate for the costs and loss of revenue inflicted by the coronavirus pandemic.
The so-called business cost support was adopted as the primary means to help businesses in place of development subsidies granted by Business Finland and ELY Centres in July.
THE CONCERNS AND UNCERTAINTY kindled by the coronavirus epidemic have resulted in a surge in the number of people moving away from urban toward rural regions in Finland, reports Helsingin Sanomat.
Experts pointed to the phenomenon as a possibility already as the country was witnessing the peak of the first wave of infections in April.