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Coronavirus latest: Finland’s death toll 40 as govt adds €4.1bn to budget
This article includes the latest updates on the novel coronavirus outbreak in Finland.
- Imported Chinese face masks don’t pass Finnish tests
- Govt announces €4.1bn in extra state spending
- 2,487 lab-confirmed infections as of Wednesday afternoon (8.4), an increase of 179 in the past day
- THL reports 239 patients in hospital, with 82 in intensive care as of Wednesday afternoon (8.4)
- Covid-19 related fatalities stood at 40 as of Wednesday afternoon (8.4)
9.4 10:50 Press: PM indicates Uusimaa closure to end as scheduled
Many of the morning newspapers headlined the prime minister saying that the closure of the Uusimaa region may be lifted on 19 April, as originally planned – if the number of coronavirus infections there falls far enough.
8.4 19:22 Finland’s self-employed look for answers to coronavirus challenge
Yle News spoke with entrepreneurs who are struggling to find the help they need as the coronavirus epidemic wreaks havoc on businesses large and small. Read our feature article here.
8.4 19:06 Finland: Chinese face masks fail tests
A consignment of face masks and personal protection equipment that arrived in Finland from China on Tuesday are not up to standard, according to the director of Finland’s National Emergency Supply Agency, Tomi Lounema. Read our story here.
8.4 18:50 Helsinki hospital plans reserve coronavirus ward in underground car park
Helsinki’s Meilahti Hospital is planning to erect temporary hospital tents in an underground car park in case space runs out at the facility. The plans for the extra capacity ward are almost complete and will feature dozens of intensive care and hospital beds.
Meilahti Hospital is part of the Helsinki and Uusimaa hospital district (HUS), and the district’s security manager Aaro Toivonen said other hospitals have offered to provide extra beds but the temporary solution at Meilahti was found to be the most effective solution.
He said that the necessary support services, technical systems and transfer of patients could be carried out better than transporting patients by ambulance.
“In addition, we gain significant additional capacity without decentralising our skilled staff. This is critically important to us,” Toivonen said in a hospital statement.
The tents that will be set up in the underground parking garage are similar to ones deployed in field hospitals around the world and will be erected with the cooperation of the Finnish Red Cross, which has experience in establishing hospitals in disaster zones and has expertise in dealing with serious epidemics.
HUS’ reserve hospital director of operations Antti Vento said that the extra facility would only be opened if the situation requires it, noting that it would significantly increase the hospital’s capacity to deal with the coronavirus crisis.