More job losses loom, long Covid study launched, Finnair profits plunge

This article brings you the latest updates on the novel coronavirus pandemic in Finland.

  • 15,378 lab-confirmed infections as of Wednesday 28.10 (up by 215 since Tuesday)
  • 354 deaths linked to coronavirus as of Wednesday 28.10 (up by three since 19.10)
  • 65 people in hospital, 10 of whom in intensive care as of Wednesday 28.10
  • Hospital districts report on deaths and hospitalised patients on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

28.10 20:17 Covid-sniffing dogs get kennel club’s Special Hero award

The four Covid-19 sniffer dogs who work at Helsinki Airport screening passengers for the illness have received a Special Hero Dog Award from the Finnish Kennel Club for their work.

The dogs started work sniffing for Covid at the airport at the end of September.

Read more about the kennel club award here.

28.10 17:51 Palta: Majority of Covid job losses yet to come

The coronavirus crisis has had a major negative impact on many service industries including passenger transportation, tourism, the events industry and the personal services sector.

According to the Service Sector Employers’ group (Palta), the effects of the crisis will expand to other sectors as well. Palta is an advocacy group for service sector companies and communities.

Read more here.

28.10 12:01 Finnair passenger numbers, profits plunge in Q3

Finland’s national airline Finnair has revealed a loss of 167 million euros during July to September this year due to the ongoing effects and travel restrictions caused by the coronavirus crisis. Passenger numbers during the quarter fell by 89 percent.

“Travel restrictions, which are particularly strict in Finland, led us to deviate from our plans and we continued to operate a restricted network throughout the quarter. This was reflected in our passenger numbers, revenue and result,” Finnair CEO Topi Manner wrote in the company’s interim report press release.

Read more on this story here.

28.10 11:49 Finland reports 215 new cases on Wednesday

The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) reported 215 new lab-confirmed Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of infections to 15,378.

THL also announced that there are currently 65 people being treated in hospital for the virus, 10 of whom are in intensive care. No further deaths linked to the virus have been reported in Finland today.

28.10 10:43 HUS launches study into effects of Long Covid

The Helsinki University hospital district (HUS) has announced plans to launch a follow-up study into the long-term effects of coronavirus on issues such as patients’ respiratory difficulties and quality of life. The study, which will include 300 coronavirus patients, will seek to discover where the virus can lead to permanent functional impairment in the lungs and reduce over quality of life in the long term.

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