Tuesday Newspapers: Jobs juggernaut, 40 million rapid tests and a plastic pandemic | News

Finnish media explore the effectiveness of moving unemployment services from TE offices to municipalities as Covid increases pressure on single-use plastic.

It remains unclear whether the transfer of some unemployment services from TE offices to municipalities has made it easier for people to find employment. Image: Eleni Paspatis / Yle

The newspaper asked Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kerava how many unemployed people had found jobs thanks to the pilot project at the end of last November. None of these cities had data to offer.

Municipalities have struggled to meet the demand for employment services, which has been strained during the coronavirus crisis, HS reports.

Normalize the Covid

On Monday, several municipalities in southern Finland, including Helsinki, said they were ending most exposure searches and relaxing quarantine requirements.

Having said that, Ilta-Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun) reports that most infectious disease specialists in the capital region want to see people approach Covid the same way other upper respiratory infections do.

That means staying home when sick and avoiding contact with others, according to the newspaper.

40 million rapid tests?

That would mean the country is expected to deliver up to 40 million tests during the spring semester, according to IL.

The Finnish National Emergency Supply Agency (NESA) told IL it was considering procuring rapid tests but had not yet placed any orders.

Recycling of Covid waste

In recent weeks, the highly transmissible variant of Omicron has sparked renewed interest in home testing kits in Finland.

“We recommend that you dispose of the test kit in a closed plastic bag with the mixed waste” Maarit Kiviranta of the Helsinki metropolitan waste company HSY told the Swedish-language daily.

Kiviranta said the goal was to prevent virus particles from entering waste disposal systems. However, she noted that the fabrics used contain more of these particles than the kits used.

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