Tuesday newspapers: Lapland virus hotspot, summer price hikes, rent waivers | News

A Vaasa doctor has traced a number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the town to a ski resort in Lapland.

Levi ski resort in Finnish Lapland. Image: Martti Kainulainen / Lehtikuva

Reports Helsingin Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun) that a doctor from the city of Vaasa claims that some of the coronavirus cases in his city can be traced back to the ski resort of Levi in ​​Finnish Lapland.

HS writes that Heikki Kaukoranta, a doctor responsible for infectious diseases in an area that has 35 confirmed coronavirus infections, has found that many cases are linked to trips to the popular Kittilä ski resort. Many resorts in Lapland closed in late March, a month earlier than usual, after reports emerged of their links to confirmed coronavirus cases.

Kaukoranta told HS that the complex could have potentially infected hundreds of people across the country.

“We are carrying out very extensive infection detection and contact tracing. When we did background checks on infected people, ski resorts in Lapland and Levi in ​​particular unfortunately often came to the fore,” Kaukoranta said, adding that the spread of infections is unlikely to have happened on the slopes, but while people were socializing afterwards.

“Alpine skiing is not dangerous as such, as there will be a well-kept distance from other people in the open air. These virus cases are probably related to the evening after skiing,” Kaukoranta told HS .

The newspaper notes that at the start of the coronavirus outbreak, a restaurant called Kitzloch in Tyrol, Austria, turned out to be a virus hotspot due to the number of confirmed cases traced there. It now appears that the coronavirus spread from Levi’s ski resort in the same way, writes HS.

Kaukoranta encourages people to stay home as much as possible over Easter and play board games with their families instead of going out.

“That way, who knows, the restrictions could be lifted two weeks earlier than they otherwise would be,” Kaukoranta said.

Shortage of products and rising prices

The tabloid Iltalehti writes (siirryt toiseen palveluun) that Finnish shoppers can expect food price hikes and shortages of fresh produce such as strawberries this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic.

He spoke to Pekka People, secretary-general of Copa-Cogeca, which represents the interests of EU farmers and agricultural cooperatives within the EU, and he told the tabloid that the availability of fresh produce is likely to fluctuate throughout the l ‘next summer.

“It is likely that fresh produce, such as summer berries and other produce sold fresh, will be affected by the coronavirus situation. If there are no vegetable pickers or strawberry pickers, for example, it is likely that availability will decrease and prices will increase. “, Pesonen said.

IL writes that European unity has been “tested” during the coronavirus pandemic, and that the possibility of a shortage of certain food products this summer, accompanied by price increases, will be a further test of the strength of the union .

“I have to admit that there are difficulties everywhere, and they will affect the functioning of the whole food chain,” Pesonen told IL.

Tampere introduces rent exemptions for businesses

Aamulehti reports based in Tampere (siirryt toiseen palveluun) on a city council decision to offer exemptions and discounts to businesses renting city properties until May 31, which the newspaper hopes will be an example for “others to do the same.”

In a statement announcing the decision made public on Monday, the city estimated that the move would cost it around 500,000 euros.

“For some tenants in the city, the pandemic situation has significantly reduced the number of customers, even though the premises may still be open. For these businesses, the city will provide a 50% rent reduction from April to May,” says the press release. .

A number of city landmarks, including Tampere Market Hall, Frenckell and Pyynikki Swimming Pool, will be affected by the new measure.

The city council also added that it hopes the city’s private landlords will make similar decisions.

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