World News – FI – HUS: Time to take masks seriously


Officials from the Helsinki University Hospital (HUS) district on Friday said they would « strongly recommend » people to use face masks as proposed by the Finnish Institute of Health and well-being, THL

« The use of the face shield must finally be taken seriously, instructions have been given [They should be used in] public transport, public places and gatherings – wherever safe distances cannot be observed HUS medical director Markku Mäkijärvi told Yle on Friday.

« In addition, we recommend that there are no large private events and that they be postponed At the same time, it is extremely important that the organizers who organize events have a corona security plan and that they make sure that the plans are followed ”, he continued, adding that the events should not count more than 20 people

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Public health agency THL on Thursday expanded guidelines on the use of masks on public transport to include indoor spaces and public events where it can be difficult to keep distance from others

In a separate press conference on Friday, Mäkijärvi said the densely populated SHU region is in an accelerating phase of the coronavirus outbreak, particularly in large municipalities and central Uusimaa He noted that there are municipal differences but stressed that there is a lot of inter-city movement He called the situation worrying and said that measures are needed to contain the epidemic

Mäkijärvi listed a number of other measures such as teleworking and said the use of masks is now « strongly recommended »

Eeva Ruotsalainen, Deputy Medical Director, said people should take a critical approach to hosting private events and consider their size She also advised accommodating no more than 20 people, maybe even less The guidelines for schools are being reviewed at the municipal level due to varying levels of risk in local communities in the Uusimaa region, she said. -she adds

Ruotsalainen told the press conference that incidents of group exposure to the virus involving 10 or more people have tested municipalities These massive exhibitions took place in schools, during extracurricular activities, in restaurants and in bars and private events in particular

She added that there had been around 2,000 incidents of people exposed to Covid-19 each week in the HUS region Daycares and schools account for 37% of all these cases, followed by private events and group recreation like ice hockey

Ruotsalainen said that after a latent phase of the epidemic during the summer, the situation has changed dramatically She said infections doubled by mid-September and the source of the infection was not known only in 16% of cases, which suggests that the virus can be contracted almost anywhere

HUS officials said sources of infection are known in only 16% of cases, meaning Covid can be contracted anywhere

The hospital district plans to apply for a marketing authorization but questions remain about the availability of a vaccine

Parliament passed mask rule for plenary sessions after THL enlarged mask recommendations on Thursday


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