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Finland’s THL says everyone 12 years old or older should wear a mask

Finland’s THL says everyone 12 years old or older should wear a mask


THE FINNISH INSTITUTE for Health and Welfare (THL) has updated its mask recommendation, saying everyone over 12 years old should wear a mask in settings such as public transport where avoiding close contact with others is impossible.

The update aligns with a recommendation issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) in August 2020.

WHO and UNICEF advise that children aged 12 years and older should wear a mask “under the same conditions as adults”, especially when they cannot guarantee at least a one-metre distance from others in areas with widespread transmission.

THL on Friday said it is presently recommending that people in all parts of the country wear face masks.

In areas where the epidemic is in the acceleration or spreading stage, mask use is recommended also for pupils starting from year six of basic education, students in upper-secondary education and students in higher education. It is also recommended in all work communities and indoor leisure and voluntary activities if the same space is used and shared by more than one people.

“Face masks are one way to prevent the spread of coronavirus infections. It is also of utmost importance to maintain safe distances to others whenever possible, wash hands, cough into the elbow or a disposable tissue and avoid touching the face,” stated Emmi Sarvikivi, a chief physician at THL.

“Anyone with symptoms should refrain from going to work or school but should avoid social contact and take a coronavirus test without delay,” she added.

THL on Friday reported that the number of laboratory-confirmed coronavirus infections has risen by 296 to 38,068 in Finland. The number of deaths caused by the virus, in turn, crept up by two to 586.

Almost 2,560,000 samples to date have been tested for the virus, representing an increase of 28,500 from Thursday.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT



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Finland extends suspension of passenger flights from Great Britain until 11 January

Finland extends suspension of passenger flights from Great Britain until 11 January


THE RESUMPTION OF PASSENGER FLIGHTS from Great Britain to Finland will be postponed from 4 January to at least 11 January, under a decision made by the Finnish Transport and Communication Agency (Traficom).

The decision was made at the recommendation of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) on Thursday.

Passenger flights from Great Britain to Finland were originally suspended for two weeks over concerns about a new, more transmissible variant of the coronavirus on 21 December. THL on Thursday stated in a press release that it believes the suspension should be extended by at least one week due to uncertainties linked to the epidemiology, extent of spread and countermeasures necessitated by the variant.

“The new viral variant represents a significant threat of a new pandemic, the spread of which to Finland should be prevented effectively,” it said.

Two people have tested positive for an infection caused by the variant after arriving in Finland from Great Britain. Another passenger had an infection caused by yet another, also possible more contagious, variant after arriving from South Africa.

Traficom said yesterday the decision on whether or not to extend the suspension beyond 11 January should be made based on new information received about the variant in the coming days. THL, it highlighted, has adopted various measures in co-operation with stakeholders to ensure everyone arriving from Great Britain to Finland can be identified and referred to testing and quarantine.

Helsingin Sanomat on Thursday wrote that Finnair has reduced its service frequency on the route from Helsinki and Great Britain. The return flights have been operated without passengers.

Päivyt Tallqvist, the director of communications at Finnair, told the newspaper that it remains premature to say what the service frequency will be next week. “We’ll evaluate the situation based on demand. We haven’t flown all of the flights in our plan so far either,” she commented.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT



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