Coronavirus Professor fears Uusimaa needs stricter coronavirus restrictions, but recalls that the effects of Monday’s additional restrictions will be delayed

According to Hus’s chief medical officer, the situation is monitored on a daily basis: “If the epidemic situation changes significantly, it is reasonable to consider whether the decisions were sufficient.”

Virusopin the professor considers the coronavirus restrictions imposed on the Helsinki metropolitan area and Uusimaa to be in the right direction, but believes that there may be an order for even stricter restrictions.

Professor of Zoonotic Virology Olli Vapalahti The University of Helsinki points out that the additional restrictions that will come into force on Monday to curb the epidemic will affect the infection rates with a delay, as it will take time for symptoms to develop and be diagnosed.

“Within three weeks, the direction of infection rates should have time to recover. The most important thing is that the situation is monitored and action is taken accordingly. “

Restrictions on sports venues and public events, among other things, will take effect in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area for three weeks from Monday. The decisions are the result of the fact that towards the end of the week the area was found to have entered the epidemic stage.

In addition, by decision of the Regional State Administrative Agency, public events and general meetings of more than 20 people were banned in the entire Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District (Hus) for three weeks.

According to data from the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), more than 420 new coronavirus infections were reported in Finland on Sunday.

On Sunday in Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa a total of nearly 260 infections were reported. Infections in the metropolitan area account for just over 60 percent of the country’s total number of days.

Additional Restrictions have recently raised questions about their adequacy.

Chief of Staff of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health Kirsi Varhila shared a SDP MP on Twitter on Sunday morning Aki Lindénin the view that Uusimaa’s interest rate restrictions should be further tightened.

“If Finland wants to prevent the corona from spreading to the whole country and drifting into the chaos of Central Europe, Uusimaa must now impose even stricter restrictions than on Thursday 19 November. was decided, ”Lindén wrote in Varhila’s citation in the update.

Prior to being dismissed as a Member of Parliament, Lindén, who represents the Prime Minister’s Party, has served as Hus’s CEO and as the director of the Hospital District of Southwest Finland.

Olli Vapalahti commented on the exit, hoping that the restrictions already announced would be sufficient. He thinks the most important thing is for people to follow new guidelines.

“I am afraid that this may not be enough, but that stricter measures are needed,” Vapalahti says.

“People need predictability, of course, but it’s important that changes are made quickly enough when needed. If infections increase in a way that does not keep up with testing and tracing, stricter restrictions are necessary. ”

Restrictions lined up by regional corona coordination groups.

The Uusimaa Regional Corona Coordination Group is headed by Hus’ Chief Medical Officer Markku Mäkijärvi, who is also a member of the corresponding group in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. He responds to Lindén’s view by stating that the decisions made on Thursday were based on expert opinions as well as the best current knowledge of the epidemic situation.

According to Mäkijärvi, the situation is assessed daily and there are meetings for possible decisions on a weekly basis. More frequent meetings do not make sense because the daily variation in infection rates is so great that no conclusions can be drawn.

“Now we have to follow the development of the situation day by day. If the situation gets worse faster, it is justified to consider stricter recommendations and restrictions, ”Mäkijärvi tells STT.

Mäkijärvi points out that the announced measures will not enter into force until Monday, so there is no experience of their operation yet.

“These measures have not been properly implemented, so there is no information on their effectiveness. If the epidemic situation changes significantly, it is justified to sit down and see if the decisions were sufficient. “

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