Coronavirus round-up Friday 17th April: New mental health initiative launched

Prime Minister Sanna Marin and President Sauli Niinistö during the press conference. Zoom
Foto: Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva

Prime Minister Sanna Marin and President Sauli Niinistö during the press conference.

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Latest Covid-19 numbers

  • The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare says there have been 3,489 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Finland - an increase of 120 on the day before.
  • There have also now been 82 coronavirus-related deaths reported, which is an increase of seven from the previous day.
  • More detailed information is available for most of the patients who died, and reveals that 72% of them are men, and the average age is 81-years old.
  • THL says that most cases of coronavirus in Finland have been mild so far, however around the country 208 people are currently in hospital receiving treatment, with 73 of them in intensive care.
 

Prime minister Sanna Marin.
Foto: Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva

Prime minister Sanna Marin.



New 'Finland Forward' mental health initiative launched

President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) appeared together – but separately – at a Friday afternoon press conference.

The pair announced a new initiative called ‘Finland Forward’ which aims to support the mental wellbeing of the nation during the coronavirus epidemic.

Niinistö joined the event via video link to launch the campaign where he said “this devil is defeatable. We will defeat it.”

The project will highlight good deeds, positive stories and acts of kindness across the country during the coronavirus outbreak, through virtual events and online updates.

“We are grateful to witness how so many people, organizations and companies have wanted to help and support others,” says the Prime Minister. Read more.


A researcher works on a vaccine against the new coronavirus COVID-19 in Copenhagen.
Foto: Thibault Savary/Lehtikuva

A researcher works on a vaccine against the new coronavirus COVID-19 in Copenhagen.



More funding for vaccine research

Finland is joining two international organisations working to find a vaccine for the novel coronavirus, and contributing €5 million in total funding to help the work.

The money is going to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations CEPI, and the International Vaccine Institute IVI. Currently, there is no vaccine or pharmacotherapy to the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

In practice, the development of a vaccine is the only way to stop the spread of the virus and dozens of teams worldwide are working on possible solutions. 

After a vaccine is developed, it will have to be produced and distributed on a vast scale, a challenge when the virus situation varies between different countries. 

"Finland considers it important that the availability of safe, high-quality and affordable vaccines be safeguarded in all countries," the Ministry of Health says in a statement. 

File picture of Herttoniemi Hospital.
Foto: City of Helsinki

File picture of Herttoniemi Hospital.


Helsinki ready to convert coronavirus hospital

The City of Helsinki plans to convert the old Herttoniemi Hospital into a facility for coronavirus patients. Officials say the renovations could be done within a week, with space for up to 400 beds.

“Herttoniemi Hospital is the most sensible alternative for a reserve hospital as it is a former hospital. The facilities are good for this purpose, and they can be converted quickly with relatively small changes,” says Helsinki’s Medical Director Laura Pikkarainen.

The extra facility would take the strain off Laakso and Malmi hospitals for Covid-19 patients moving from intensive care to rehabilitation. Herttoniemi Hospital was last used for in-patient treatment on wards back in autumn 2015.
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The Ministry of Employment & Economy has announced a new coronavirus-related benefit for entrepreneurs.
Foto: Mikael Nybacka/Archive

The Ministry of Employment & Economy has announced a new coronavirus-related benefit for entrepreneurs.



More allowances for entrepreneurs hit by Covid-19

The Ministry of Employment & Economy has announced a new coronavirus-related benefit for entrepreneurs.

The allowance can be paid to anyone already receiving a startup grant, on days when they cannot work due to the virus.

It’s effectively an unemployment benefit, which the entrepreneurs might not otherwise qualify for, and the ministry says the new money will allow startup owners to secure their livelihood in exceptional circumstances which could not have been foreseen when they started their business. Read more.

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