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Elections postponed in Finland due to coronavirus

In Finland, the Ministry of Justice has decided to postpone the municipal elections scheduled for April 18 to the summer due to the worsening situation with the COVID-19 coronavirus in the country.

Reported by Yle.

It is noted that all parties, with the exception of the True Finns, supported the postponement of the elections.

“This is a great solution that will undoubtedly reduce infectiousness, and the coronavirus situation will be better in June than it is now. Campaigning and outdoor voting are more comfortable in the summer,” said election manager Matti Hilly.

He noted that the postponement of the elections will make it possible to prepare more thoroughly for them and to vaccinate members of election commissions.

Hilly also believes that the postponement of the elections will allow vaccinating of election officials.

We will remind, earlier the government of Finland announced an emergency mode and started talking about the possibility of restricting movement.

We also reported that a completely new variant of the coronavirus was discovered in Finland, which simultaneously shares the properties of strains previously found in the UK and South Africa.

Finnish Prime Minister did not rule out the use of “Sputnik V” in the country

Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin did not rule out the use of the Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in her country.

This was reported by the Yle TV and radio company.

According to the head of government, all vaccines, the effectiveness, and safety of which have been proven can be used.

Yesterday it became known that Russia offered Finland technologies for the production of the Sputnik V vaccine.

The issue was raised during a telephone conversation between ex-President Tarja Halonen and Chairman of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko.

Halonen is part of the WHO European Group on COVID-19.

Marin reminds us that the decision to purchase a particular vaccine is not a question.

Mika Ryamet, director of the Center for Research and Development of Vaccines, doubts the feasibility of producing a Russian vaccine in Finland and says that this may not necessarily significantly improve the epidemiological situation.

Earlier it became known that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) began an examination of the registration dossier of the Russian vaccine.

The countries of the European Union, Hungary, and Slovakia have already approved the use of the vaccine on an individual basis, without waiting for the pan-European registration.

The new high in daily coronavirus cases in Finland

In Finland, 720 new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed in a day and this is a record daily figure since the beginning of the pandemic.

This is reported by Yle.

Prime Minister Sanna Marin said that the numbers are of concern, and the government carefully monitors the development of the epidemic. At the same time, she stressed that the government does not exclude the application of the law in the state of emergency.

Over the past two weeks, 1,665 more infections were registered than in the previous 14 days. A total of 56,407 people have fallen ill since the COVID-19 epidemic began.

It also became known about two more new deaths associated with the coronavirus. A total of 742 people died of COVID-19.

210 people are being treated in hospitals, 38 of them are in intensive care. The vaccine has received 327 082 people. This is 6.28 % of the total population.

On February 25, the Government declared a state of emergency in the country due to the sharp deterioration of the situation. The authorities intend to introduce a lockdown with the closure of restaurants and the transfer of educational institutions to distance learning from March 8 to 28.

Finland plans to continue restrictions on restaurants until the end of June

The Finnish government has submitted a proposal to parliament to extend restrictions on the operation of restaurants and other catering establishments.

This was reported by Yle TV and radio company.

At first, the restrictions were introduced until the end of February, but now they are planned to remain in force until the end of June.

Restrictions on the operation of restaurants relate to the opening time and the number of seats. These rules do not apply to canteens for employees, the purchase of food and drinks to go, food outlets at gas stations, as well as meals on ferries and international aircraft.

Restrictions will be tightened in Pohyanmaa and East Savo and relaxed in the Aland Islands.

In Uusimaa, Varsinais-Suomi, Kanta-Hame, Parijat-Hame, Kymenlaakso, Pohyanmaa, and North Pohyanmaa, catering establishments can be open from 7.00 to 23.00 and offer their visitors alcoholic beverages from 7.00 to 22.00. The occupancy of drinking establishments should not exceed 50%, other restaurants are allowed to receive no more than 75% of the maximum number of visitors.

In addition, the government has begun preparing a bill that will allow, in the event of an unfavorable epidemiological situation, to increase restrictions on the work of catering establishments.

32 cases of side effects after COVID-19 vaccination identified in Finland

More than 30 cases of side effects after vaccination against coronavirus have been recorded in Finland. This was reported on Friday, January 15, by the country’s Agency for Safety and Health Development (Fimea).

“Fimea had received 32 reports of side effects after the first dose of the Community coronavirus vaccine by January 15. Allergic reactions, including anaphylactic reaction, injection site pain, muscle pain, enlarged lymph nodes, as well as nausea, rash, fatigue, headaches, and chills, among others, have been reported,” the agency noted.

As it is specified, these effects are expected with the introduction of drugs.

Earlier in January, it was reported that eight different complications were reported in Finland during the week, including anaphylactic shock after vaccination against coronavirus

The vaccination is administered with a Pfizer drug. Moderna vaccine is expected to arrive soon, the agency said.

Earlier, in December 2020, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved a Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for use in European countries, and later a vaccine from the American company Moderna for use in the EU.

During the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine trial, six participants died. Two deaths occurred in the vaccinated group and four in the placebo group.