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Wednesday’s Newspapers: Curbing Covid, Vaccination Bus and Finland’s Smallest Police Dog Retire | New

The Finnish government is putting new restrictions in place to tackle the worsening Covid situation, as final preparations are underway to start immunizing children aged 5 to 11.

Changes to Finland’s border security measures are expected to be announced later this week as authorities work to prevent the Omicron variant from entering the country. Image: Emmi Korhonen / Lehtikuva

On Wednesday morning, all of Finland’s national and regional newspapers published reports on the government meeting in the State House, where strategies to tackle the worsening coronavirus situation in the country were discussed.

Helsingin Sanomat writes (siirryt toiseen palveluun) that new restrictions and additional measures will be introduced in areas considered to be in the community-spreading phase of the epidemic, as well as a nationwide recommendation that people work remotely if possible.

“We are in a race against the Delta virus. It is spreading faster even as vaccination coverage increases,” said HS, Minister of Family and Social Services. Krista kiuru (SDP) after the meeting, the newspaper adding that the situation has been further exacerbated by the emergence of the new Omicron variant. It has not yet been confirmed in Finland, but some suspected cases are being tested.

The exact nature of the new restrictions will depend on decisions made by regional authorities, known as regional state administrative agencies or Avi, but in Kiuru’s view, the next 2-3 weeks will be decisive in how which Finland manages the epidemic.

The minister also said the government would provide further information on the restrictions on Thursday, in particular how authorities could increase security measures at the Finnish border to prevent the Omicron variant from entering the country.

In a separate article (siirryt toiseen palveluun), HS reports that Finland is making final preparations for plans to roll out Covid vaccines for children aged 5 to 11 and the process could start as early as Christmas week.

Covid infections among the 5 to 11 age group have been on the rise since mid-October, HS writes, from around 4,000 cases per week to around 7,000 weekly infections now.

“We have noticed in the past that when the infection rate increases sharply in adults, it also increases in children” Emmi sarvikivi, a chief medical officer for the THL public health authority, told HS.

The National Vaccine Advisory Committee (Krar) is expected to discuss the issue of immunizing children aged 5-11 on Wednesday, but it may be a few more days before a final decision is made by other authorities .

All aboard the vaccination bus

Tampere Based Aamulehti Reports (siirryt toiseen palveluun) on an innovative solution put in place by the city’s health authorities to further increase vaccination coverage: the vaccination bus.

AL hopped aboard the bus when it pulled up near the city’s central market square on Tuesday night, and quickly discovered that a long line of volunteer vaccines had formed in the square.

“When we first came to the market place, we wondered if anyone would come here, but it was a success,” nurse Jaana Ihalainen told Aamulehti, adding that most of the people who showed up were there for their second dose.

“And more and more the first one, which is a very good thing,” she said.

The vaccination bus pulls up to different places in the city and stays for about 2 to 3 hours at a stretch, reports AL, and between 130 and 140 people receive a vaccine each time. Before the wider introduction of the Covid pass, that figure was around 60 to 80 doses of vaccine per day.

“We are trying to find ways to make it easier for the people of Tampere to get vaccinated,” Ihalainen said.

Small dog, big career

The Parson Russell Terrier’s long and successful career with the Häme Police Department consisted of helping recover around one million euros in cash as well as uncovering over 100 kilograms of drugs and nearly 70 weapons over the course of more 2,000 searches.

Jekku was also chosen as 2018 Police Dog of the Year, writes IL, along with many other honors.

Jekku’s work will be continued by his protege, Patrik, whose training and work can be followed through the Instagram account @ poliisikoirapatrik_k9, the Häme Police Department revealed in a Facebook post.