Unvaccinated people most at risk, trans law reforms, poll suggests Russians love Finland

Morning papers report that rising rates of coronavirus infection in the unvaccinated include an increase in young children.

A new wave of coronavirus infections is a major topic in the Finnish press. Image: Toni Pitkänen / Yle

The tabloid Iltalehti (siirryt toiseen palveluun)quotes the HUS chief medical officer Asko Järvinen saying that right now the risk of coronavirus infection faced by the unvaccinated is higher than ever, and called for strict restrictions on people who have not yet taken the vaccine.

Speaking on Monday, however, Järvinen stressed that the biggest factor in an infection that turns into a fatal disease is advanced age. According to Järvinen, the median age of people who have died from the coronavirus is 82 years old.

New drugs have shown promising results, but Järvinen said the problem with these treatments is that the drugs have to be taken at an early stage when many patients don’t even know they’ve been infected.

Flare-ups in children

He writes that among the coronavirus infections reported on Monday, 614 were children aged 0-10. The second highest number of infections was in the 11-20 year old age group, where 605 infections were reported.

Pediatric infectious disease physician Nieminen tea of HUS New Children’s Hospital points out that infections are now spreading among those who have not been vaccinated, and that those under 12 are a large part of that group.

Vaccinations for 12 to 15 year olds began in August, but the vaccine was not made available to children under 12. It is not yet clear when the vaccination of young children can begin.

Although infections in children have increased, Nieminen told the newspaper that this has not been reflected in children’s emergency departments. HUS currently has no children receiving treatment for coronavirus infection.

No passport requirement at work this year

Last week the Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) announced that the use of the Covid passport, indicating vaccination and / or test status, could potentially be extended to workplaces.

Iltalehti writes (siirryt toiseen palveluun) that many large employers in Finland, such as shipyards and the construction industry, which use a lot of foreign labor, have had problems due to consistently high infection rates among workers. Employers have hoped they can require employees to have a Covid passport to remedy the situation.

According to this document, if a passport requirement is imposed, this will not happen until the end of the year.

Mirka-Tuulia Kuoksa, a lawyer for the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, told Iltalehti that although the matter is being considered as part of the extension of the use of the Covid passport, it requires such extensive preparation that it is little likely that she will appear before Parliament before the Christmas holidays.

Trans law considerations

In response, it reviews some of the other laws that may be affected by changes to the transgender law.

The most obvious is the conscription law. Currently only men are enlisted in Finland and conscription is based on legal sex.

In addition to conscription, another important law that uses gender information is the Equality Act. This includes gender-based statistical and reporting obligations. For example, the law states that state committees, advisory councils and other similar bodies must have at least 40 percent representation of women and men.

There are also, for example, laws or regulations in force which provide for separate facilities based on gender. Laws on legal detention and penal institutions contain provisions requiring men and women to be held in separate spaces.

And, underlines the newspaper, the law on maternity allowances specifies that it is women who receive a maternity allowance from public funds.

Russians positive about Finland

Of the approximately 1,800 Russians who responded to the survey, 68% said they had a positive or very positive attitude towards Finland. This is a slight drop from 71% in a similar survey two years ago.

65% of Russians rate relations between Finland and Russia as good.

The most famous Finn in the survey was the actor City Haapasalo, who made his film career in Russia. It was recognized by almost a quarter of those questioned. In second place, at 14%, was the wartime Finnish commander and the post-war president. Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim and in third, at 13 percent was a former racing driver Mika hakkinen.

Only one percent of respondents recognized the name of the current President of Finland, Sauli Niinistö.

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