Emergency over coronavirus

I am living in the middle of the emergency over coronavirus in Finland. Due this reason the update cycle to make posting to this blog could be slowed down.

The Finnish government announced on Monday nationwide school closures in order to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. Read more on the following aricles:

Finland closes schools, declares state of emergency over coronavirus
https://yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/news/finland_closes_schools_declares_state_of_emergency_over_coronavirus/11260062

Daycare centres are to stay open but parents were asked to keep their kids home if possible. The government also published a 19-point list of emergency legislation that takes effect on 18 March.

Coronavirus latest: 359 cases confirmed in Finland, S-Group shuts its Helsinki eateries, bankruptcy fears mount
https://yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/news/coronavirus_latest_359_cases_confirmed_in_finland_s-group_shuts_its_helsinki_eateries_bankruptcy_fears_mount/11249610

Here is a link to an earlier post related to Coronavirus:
https://www.epanorama.net/blog/2020/02/12/mobile-trends-2020-mwc-canceled/

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  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Facebook changes misinfo rules to allow posts claiming COVID-19 is man-made
    https://techcrunch.com/2021/05/28/facebook-covid-man-made-lab-theory/

    Facebook made a few noteworthy changes to its misinformation policies this week, including the news that the company will now allow claims that COVID was created by humans — a theory that contradicts the previously prevailing assumption that humans picked up the virus naturally from animals.

    “In light of ongoing investigations into the origin of COVID-19 and in consultation with public health experts, we will no longer remove the claim that COVID-19 is man-made from our apps,” a Facebook spokesperson told TechCrunch. “We’re continuing to work with health experts to keep pace with the evolving nature of the pandemic and regularly update our policies as new facts and trends emerge.”

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  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Why Is The COVID Lab Leak Theory Suddenly Gaining So Much Attention?
    https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/why-is-the-covid-lab-leak-theory-suddenly-gaining-so-much-attention/

    Earlier this week, President Biden tasked US intelligence officials with determining once and for all how the COVID-19 pandemic began. More specifically, he has requested clarification on whether the virus emerged as a result of zoonotic spillover – meaning it jumped from an animal host into the human population – or as a consequence of a leak from a laboratory in Wuhan, China.

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  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Outside of social media, no one is actually saying that the SARS-CoV-2 virus came from a laboratory. Back in May 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) concluded that such a scenario was “extremely unlikely,” and that the pathogen most probably jumped from bats to humans, with the Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan being the point of the first transmission.

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  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Nearly Half Of Americans Believe Covid-19 Leaked From Chinese Lab, Poll Finds
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/jackbrewster/2021/06/09/nearly-half-of-americans-believe-covid-19-leaked-from-chinese-lab-poll-finds/

    In a decisive pivot from last year, a solid plurality of Americans now believe Covid-19 leaked from a lab in Wuhan, China, a new poll finds—a sign the renewed interest in the possibility among experts and lawmakers has had a cascading effect on public opinion. 

    Roughly 46% of U.S. adults think Covid originated with a lab leak, a Morning Consult survey found, while 26% believe the virus began naturally, and 28% say they don’t know or have no opinion.

    The poll of 2,200 adults, which was conducted June 4-7, shows Americans are starkly divided along party lines on the question: a whopping 70% of Republicans believe in the lab leak theory, while just 41% of independents and 32% of Democrats say the same.

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  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Someone has to foot the bill for empty offices
    Even small drops in occupancy rates will have a big effect on rents and prices
    https://www.economist.com/leaders/2021/06/05/someone-has-to-foot-the-bill-for-empty-offices

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  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    More people have died of COVID-19 already this year than the whole of 2020.

    2021 Has Already Seen More COVID-19 Deaths Than All Of 2020
    https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/2021-has-already-seen-more-covid19-deaths-than-all-of-2020/

    There were 1.88 million COVID-19 deaths reported in 2020. According to Johns Hopkins University data analyzed by The Wall Street Journal, the total COVID-19 death toll for 2021 passed this milestone on Thursday, June 10. As of today, June 11, the number of COVID-19 deaths stands at 3,775,180.

    Parts of North America and Europe saw a startling rise in cases at the start of 2021 due to new variants. While many of these countries are now starting to see declining deaths, partially thanks to their vaccine program, the pandemic has continued to rage in parts of Asia and Latin America.

    Many of the deaths seen in 2021 have come from India, which continues to have the highest 7-point moving average of new cases by a significant margin.

    Much of this disastrous wave in India is being driven by the Delta variant, first identified in India, which has been estimated to be 60 percent more transmissible than other variants and more resistant to vaccines.

    Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and a number of other South American nations are still suffering from a sky-high number of cases. This can also partially be explained by a troublesome variant (in this case, the Gamma variant, first identified in Brazil).

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  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Experts worry vaccine hesitancy and the spread of dangerous variants could drive cases up again.

    U.S. Death Toll Passes 600,000 As Covid Pandemic Claims Nearly 1 In Every 550 Americans
    https://trib.al/Zn6GPej

    The U.S. surpassed 600,000 deaths from Covid-19 on Tuesday, a bleak reminder that Americans are still dying despite progress from vaccination campaigns and decreasing death rates, while inoculation gains could be at risk from persistent levels of vaccine hesitancy and dangerous variants of the virus. 

    The U.S. Covid-19 death count reached 600,039 deaths Tuesday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, a number that totals roughly the population of Wyoming.

    There were 12,710 new cases and 170 deaths reported Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins.

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  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo lifted the state’s remaining Covid-19 restrictions after New York hit 70% of adults receiving at least a first dose.

    ‘Return To Life As We Know It’: New York, California Drop Covid-19 Restrictions
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/alisondurkee/2021/06/15/return-to-life-as-we-know-it-new-york-california-drop-covid-19-restrictions/

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  9. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Here’s what Dr. Fauci has said about Covid’s origins and the lab leak theory: https://trib.al/jFo4Y3p

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  10. Tomi Engdahl says:

    COVID-19 Caused The Largest Fall In US Life Expectancy Since WWII
    https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/covid-19-caused-the-largest-fall-in-us-life-expectancy-since-ww2/

    Between 2018 and 2020 the average US citizen suffered a 1.87-year decrease in life expectancy, the first major fall since 1943. The damage was far from evenly distributed

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  11. Tomi Engdahl says:

    “People cannot feel safe just because they had the two doses” in areas where community transmission is high, one official said.

    WHO Urges Fully Vaccinated People To Continue Wearing Masks As Delta Variant Spreads—But No Word From CDC
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/alisondurkee/2021/06/25/who-urges-fully-vaccinated-people-to-continue-wearing-masks-as-delta-variant-spreads-but-no-word-from-cdc/

    World Health Organization (WHO) officials stressed Friday the need for fully vaccinated people to “continue to be appropriately cautious” and keep up with social distancing measures like mask wearing as the highly infectious Delta variant of the coronavirus becomes increasingly dominant in the U.S. and spurs new Covid-19 surges around the world—including in highly vaccinated countries.

    The Delta variant, which was first identified in India and is more infectious than previous coronavirus strains, is now responsible for approximately 10% of coronavirus infections in the U.S. as of June 5 and has caused new Covid-19 outbreaks in such countries as the United Kingdom, Australia and Israel.

    The variant’s spread means people should follow public health measures like mask wearing, frequent sanitizing and social distancing “with much more care,” Dr. Michael Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s World Emergencies Programme, said at a press briefing Friday, saying the Delta strain should make the world “more cautious, more diligent, and more dedicated to” following those protocols.

    Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO technical lead on Covid-19, said while vaccines are “incredibly effective at preventing severe disease and death” including against the Delta variant, the strain is a “dangerous variant” and large events taking place as the variant spreads “will have consequences.”

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  12. Tomi Engdahl says:

    With the recent re-emergence of the so-called “lab-leak theory” of the pandemic’s origin, these findings add yet one more level of intrigue to the fiercely controversial issue.

    How Did COVID-19 Spread So Quickly? It’s Highly Adapted To Infect Humans, Say Researchers
    https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/how-did-covid19-spread-so-quickly-its-highly-adapted-to-infect-humans-say-researchers/

    In the last few days of 2019, reports started coming out of China of a mysterious “viral pneumonia” spreading through the city of Wuhan. Less than 75 days later, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared this illness, now known to be the COVID-19 coronavirus, a pandemic.

    Scientific consensus settled on a theory of zoonotic transmission, with an unfortunate horseshoe bat acting as patient zero. But the question remained: how did COVID-19 take over the planet so quickly?

    A new paper, published in the Nature journal Scientific Reports, might have the answer – as well as a puzzling set of new questions. Despite the prevailing “bat” theory of the coronavirus origins, researchers at two Australian universities have found that SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind the pandemic, is better adapted to infect humans than any other species tested.

    The results were surprising: “The computer modeling found the virus’s ability to bind to the bat ACE2 protein was poor relative to its ability to bind human cells,” said co-author Professor Nikolai Petrovsky. “This argues against the virus being transmitted directly from bats to humans.”

    “[I]f the virus has a natural source, it could only have come to humans via an intermediary species which has yet to be found,” he explained.

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  13. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Consumer confidence rebounds even as the Delta variant threatens to slow recovery http://on.forbes.com/6180yrGOQ Via Forbes Advisor

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  14. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The global pandemic affected the world economy less than we feared. M&A (mergers and acquisitions) picked up soon after May 2020 and the demand for Aalto EE’s Mergers and Acquisitions programs has, in fact, been higher than before coronavirus.

    Certain industries, in particular, have peaked in M&A activity, reveals Tapio Koivumäki, Deloitte’s Leader of Operational M&A Advisory in Finland and one of the program’s speakers. “Private equity investors have been very active, and industries such as technology, infra and life sciences have been on the rise.”

    https://www.aaltoee.com/aalto-leaders-insight/2021/interest-for-mergers-and-acquisitions-remains-high

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  15. Tomi Engdahl says:

    99.5% Of People Killed By Covid In Last 6 Months Were Unvaccinated, Data Suggests
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/jemimamcevoy/2021/07/01/995-of-people-killed-by-covid-in-last-6-months-were-unvaccinated-data-suggests/

    CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said at a Thursday White House briefing that preliminary data reviewed by her agency suggests 99.5% of the people who died from Covid-19 over the past six months were unvaccinated, a stunning statistic in support of her assertion that nearly every virus-linked death is now preventable. 

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  16. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Kids Among Most Vulnerable To Infectious Delta Variant — Here’s Why You Should Be More Worried
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/roberthart/2021/07/02/kids-among-most-vulnerable-to-infectious-delta-variant—heres-why-you-should-be-more-worried/

    The hyper-infectious Delta variant has spurred new lockdowns, outbreaks and even restrictions for fully vaccinated people around the world, while the U.S. fully reopens with large swathes of the population, including children, dangerously vulnerable to infection. Here’s why Americans should be more concerned about the Delta variant.

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  17. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Suomen koronatilanne on nyt huonompi kuin Ruotsissa
    Ruotsissa koronatilanne on muuttunut naapurimaitaan paremmaksi.
    https://www.iltalehti.fi/ulkomaat/a/216f51b6-3d40-410c-9a8f-4e22700d576a

    Naapurimaassamme Ruotsissa koronatilanne on ollut läpi pandemian Suomea huonompi. Sekä tartuntoja että kuolemia on ollut runsaasti.

    Yllättäen kesällä asetelma on muuttunut: heinäkuussa Ruotsin ilmaantuvuusluku on painunut Suomen alapuolelle.

    Ilmaantuvuusluku tarkoittaa sitä, paljonko tartuntoja on todettu 100 000 ihmistä kohden viimeisten 14 vuorokauden aikana.

    Ruotsissa on nyt vähiten uusia koronatartuntatapauksia verrattuna kaikkiin sen naapurimaihin. Our World in Data -tilastojen mukaan lauantaina Ruotsissa ilmaantuvuusluku oli 36,1, Suomessa 49,4, Norjassa 48,1 ja Tanskassa peräti 102,2.

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  18. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Did a 1997 Issue of Archie Comics’ ‘Betty’ Depict Remote School in 2021?
    In March 2021, a remarkably prescient page from a 24-year-old comic book resurfaced on social media.
    https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/archie-betty-comic-school-2021/

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  19. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said the delta variant of the coronavirus is a serious threat to unvaccinated people due to the “risk of putting them in the hospital.”

    Former FDA Head Says Delta Will Infect ‘Majority’ Of Unvaccinated Americans—And May Be ‘Most Serious Virus’ In Their Lifetime
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/jemimamcevoy/2021/07/18/former-fda-head-says-delta-will-infect-majority-of-unvaccinated-americans-and-may-be-most-serious-virus-in-their-lifetime/?utm_campaign=forbes&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_term=Gordie&sh=463420de6b17

    With hospitalizations already surging nationwide, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a former chief of the Food and Drug Administration, offered a dire warning for unvaccinated Americans on Sunday, saying “a majority” of those who haven’t had Covid-19 before will likely become infected by the delta variant, which could end up being one of the most serious viruses they face in their lifetime.

    “The bottom line is that many people are no longer susceptible to Covid,” Gottlieb said, outlining that nearly 50% of Americans have been fully vaccinated and another third of the population is estimated to have contracted the virus before.

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  20. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Travel and leisure companies were among the morning’s hardest-hit stocks.

    Dow Plunges 800 Points Amid Threat Of Delta Variant ‘Ravaging’ Unvaccinated Populations
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/jonathanponciano/2021/07/19/dow-plunges-600-points-amid-threat-of-delta-variant-ravaging-unvaccinated-populations/?utm_campaign=forbes&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_term=Gordie&sh=52dda1577070

    Stocks fell sharply Monday morning amid mounting concerns over the pandemic’s resurgence in the United States—hitting travel and leisure businesses the hardest—as experts worried the highly contagious delta variant of Covid-19 could prompt renewed restriction measures that curtail the economic recovery.

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  21. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Virus surge upends plans for getting workers back to offices
    https://www.seattletimes.com/business/virus-surge-upends-plans-for-companies-trickling-back-to-office/

    (Bloomberg) — The resurgent coronavirus and return of mask recommendations are hampering corporate America’s plans to get back to normalcy.

    Google on Wednesday said that it will push back its official office return to mid-October and require workers at its campuses to get vaccinated. Lyft Inc. postponed its return date to February, while Twitter Inc. shut its recently reopened offices. Apple Inc. is requiring masks at most U.S. stores, and Walt Disney Co. is mandating them at its Florida and California parks.

    A jump in Covid-19 cases and a slowdown in vaccinations has left U.S. companies once again struggling with how to adapt to the virus, just as it seemed like shots would allow workers to return to offices and resume pre-pandemic norms. Even for employees who’ve had jabs, the highly transmissible delta variant is raising concerns of breakthrough infections, spread to unvaccinated children and broader disruptions to economic activity.

    “As we see it, vaccination and strict enforcement of masks and screening protocols are all a part of focusing on the health and safety of the workplace, having our economy open and having our schools open.”

    Facebook joined Google on Wednesday in requiring vaccines for workers at its campuses.

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week urged fully vaccinated people to go back to wearing masks indoors in places where infections are rapidly climbing — a list includes areas such as New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

    The mixture of the views, the politicization of mask wearing and other uncertainties surrounding the return to office and Covid-19 risks employees thinking they need to be the “mask police” or the “vaccination police” for each other

    “The employer really needs to take the onus of responsibility in what they are enforcing, so they don’t recreate that environment of mistrust around their employees,”

    Slow Return

    Almost 35% of U.S. workers were back at their offices as of July 21, up from 29% at the start of June

    The most important things companies can do right now is be open about the uncertainty to avoid adding to employee anxiety and creating an environment where they make costly mistakes or take unnecessary risks with the virus

    ”Companies have to stop pretending they know all the answers right now, this is quite literally unprecedented,” she said. “Any time you’re in new territory, you’re having to innovate. You have to try out what works and what doesn’t.”

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  22. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Näin deltakorona leviää – apulaisylilääkäri kertoo tuoreet neuvot tartunnan välttämiseksi: ”Epidemia ei ole todellakaan ohi” https://www.is.fi/kotimaa/art-2000008165538.html

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  23. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Why smart people believe coronavirus myths
    https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200406-why-smart-people-believe-coronavirus-myths

    From students to politicians, many smart people have fallen for dangerous lies spread about the new coronavirus. Why? And how can you protect yourself from misinformation?

    It is a sad truth that any health crisis will spawn its own pandemic of misinformation.

    In the 80s, 90s, and 2000s we saw the spread of dangerous lies about Aids – from the belief that the HIV virus was created by a government laboratory to the idea that the HIV tests were unreliable, and even the spectacularly unfounded theory that it could be treated with goat’s milk. These claims increased risky behaviour and exacerbated the crisis.

    Now, we are seeing a fresh inundation of fake news – this time around the coronavirus pandemic. From Facebook to WhatsApp, frequently shared misinformation include everything from what caused the outbreak to how you can prevent becoming ill.

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  24. Tomi Engdahl says:

    NIH Director Francis Collins warned in a Fox News interview that the 90 million unvaccinated Americans are “sitting ducks for the virus.”

    ‘We’re In A World Of Hurt’: NIH Director Is Latest Official Predicting U.S. Will Surpass 200,000 Daily Covid Cases
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/andrewsolender/2021/08/15/were-in-a-world-of-hurt-nih-director-is-latest-official-predicting-us-will-surpass-200000-daily-covid-cases/?utm_campaign=forbes&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_term=Gordie&sh=7743a99b3eb0

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  25. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The FDA’s approval of the Pfizer vaccine has prompted companies and cities to require mandatory vaccinations https://trib.al/VPdT5R7

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  26. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Israelissa on rokotettu lähes kaikki, mutta koronatilanne on nyt yksi maailman pahimmista
    Israel on ollut rokotusten ”tosielämän laboratorio”.
    https://www.iltalehti.fi/ulkomaat/a/ccde6034-307f-4cb9-94e3-3138d5aaa525

    Israelissa on aloitettu jo kolmas rokotuskierros, koska aikaisempien rokotusten tarjoama suoja on heikentynyt.

    Israelissa aloitettiin nopea rokotuskampanja jo joulukuussa 2020. Yli puolet väestöstä oli rokotettu tämän vuoden maaliskuun alkupuoleen mennessä.

    Tartuntamäärät laskivat, koko maailma seurasi kateellisena, kun korona näytti lähes katoavan.

    Tällä hetkellä Israelissa 78 prosenttia 12 vuotta täyttäneistä on saanut kaksi rokotusta, suurin osa Pfizerin valmisteella, kirjoittaa Science.

    Silti korona leviää Israelissa nyt nopeammin kuin lähes missään muualla maailmassa, mitattuna kahden viikon aikana havaituista tartunnoista miljoonaa ihmistä kohden. Tämä ilmenee muun muassa Our World in Data -sivuston tiedoista

    Tuplarokotettuja sairaalaan
    Yli puolet Israelissa tartunnan saaneista on kahteen kertaan rokotettuja ihmisiä. Vakavasti sairastuneista ja sairaalaan joutuneista noin 60 prosenttia on tuplarokotettuja, kirjoittaa Science.

    Tartuntojen nopealle leviämiselle on kaksi pääsyytä.

    Toinen niistä on aikaisempaa huomattavasti helpommin tarttuva niin kutsuttu deltavariantti. Mutta se leviää kaikkialla muuallakin, joten se ei yksinään riitä selittämään Israelin huonoa tautitilannetta.

    Selkeämpi syy on se, että rokotusten teho on laskenut ajan kuluessa.

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  27. Tomi Engdahl says:

    CIOs: apply these lessons from the pandemic to win the recovery https://trib.al/aJQ3A8l

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  28. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Tanska luopuu rajoituksista syyskuussa: koronaa ei luokitella enää yhteiskunnalle vaaralliseksi taudiksi
    Kiitos kuuluu hallituksen mukaan rokotteille ja maan tiukalle epidemiologiselle kurinpidolle.
    https://www.iltalehti.fi/ulkomaat/a/1faccda6-a5b6-49c4-b1eb-5e98b768d9df

    Tanskan hallitus pitää voimassa päätöksen, jonka mukaan koronavirusta ei enää luokitella yhteiskunnalle kriittiseksi taudiksi 10. syyskuuta eteenpäin.

    Maan hallitus myös katsoo, ettei erinäisille koronarajoituksille ole enää perusteita.

    “Epidemia ei ole ohi”

    Päätöksestä vastaava terveysministeri Magnus Heunicke mukaan hallitus pitää lupauksistaan kiinni.

    – Epidemia on hallinnassa: meillä on ennätysmäärä rokotettuja. Tämän johdosta 10. syyskuuta voimme luopua niistä poikkeustoimista, joita koronaviruksen johdosta jouduimme toimeenpanemaan, Heunicke totesi tiedotteessa.

    – Vaikka tilanne onkin nyt hyvä, epidemia ei ole ohi. Hallitus ei tule epäröimään, mikäli pandemia alkaisi taas uhkaamaan yhteiskuntamme toimintakykyä, ministeri jatkoi.

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  29. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Etelä-Suomen avi pitää nykyiset rajoitukset voimassa ‒ lohkoamispäätös pysyy, ministeri Kurvinen kritisoi
    STM:n uusi ohjauskirjekään ei vaikuttanut nykyisiin rajoituksiin pääkaupunkiseudulla.
    https://www.iltalehti.fi/kotimaa/a/383976f5-dbfe-4d87-b1f7-78cbd9900b89

    Sosiaali- ja terveysministeriö (STM) lähetti viime viikolla aluehallintovirastoille uuden ohjauskirjeen, joka ohjeistaa avaamaan vähäriskisiä tapahtumia laajemmille yleisöille. STM ohjeistaa aveja luopumaan katsomoiden lohkomisesta ja kahden metrin turvaväleistä vähäriskisissä tapahtumissa.

    Etelä-Suomen aluehallintovirasto tiedotti tänään, että nykyiset rajoitukset eivät muutu.

    Husin sairaanhoitopiirin alueella tartunnanjäljitys on edelleen ruuhkautunut, tartuntaketjuista suurta osaa ei pystytä jäljittämään ja terveydenhuolto on kuormittunut, minkä vuoksi nykyiset rajoituspäätökset arvioidaan tiedotteen mukaan edelleen välttämättömiksi.

    Tiede- ja kulttuuriministeri Antti Kurvinen kritisoi avin päätöstä ja aikoo esittää lakimuutosta, jotta tapahtumat voidaan avata.

    – Kulttuurialan tilanne on kohtuuton ja epäreilu. Suomea on voitava avata. Esitän, että hallitus tekee tarvittavat lakimuutokset, joilla tapahtumien avaaminen mahdollistuu, Kurvinen sanoo tviitissään.

    Pääkaupunkiseudulla voimassa olevasta niin sanotusta lohkovaatimuksesta tilaisuuksissa pyritään myös luopumaan mahdollisimman pian epidemiatilanteen niin salliessa, mutta toistaiseksi se ei avin mukaan ole ollut mahdollista.

    Nykyiset yleisötilaisuuksia koskevat rajoitukset ovat Uudellamaalla voimassa 12.9. asti, Etelä-Karjalan alueella 17.9. ja Kymenlaakson alueella 13.9. asti.

    – Jos tilanne ei heikkene, on hyvin mahdollista, että muualle Uudellemaalle kuin pääkaupunkiseudulle voidaan tehdä ensi viikolla ratkaisu päätöksestä, jonka myötä turvavälivelvoite poistuisi sisätiloistakin, jos tapahtumien terveysturvallisuus voidaan varmistaa edellä kuvatun kaltaisesti

    Alueellisen koordinaatioryhmän arvion mukaan niin sanotun turvavälipäätöksen laissa luetellut edellytykset täyttyvät edelleen pääkaupunkiseudulla. Velvoite koskee suurinta osaa asiakas- ja yleisötiloja lukuun ottamatta ravintoloita, joihin kohdistuu muita rajoituksia.

    Kahden metrin turvaväli kaikissa paikoissa on edelleen nähty Nikusen mukaan etenkin pääkaupunkiseudulla tärkeäksi epidemian torjuntakeinoksi.

    – Tämä laajasti tilojen käyttöön kohdistuva määräys sisältää myös yleisötapahtumiin käytettävät tilat, eli se velvoittaa myös esimerkiksi teatterialan toimijoita varmistamaan sen, että katsojilla on mahdollisuus pitää toisiinsa kahden metrin turvavälit, Nikunen avaa tiedotteessa.

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  30. Tomi Engdahl says:

    C.1.2, Potential New COVID Variant Of Interest, Identified In South Africa
    https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/c12-potential-new-covid-variant-of-interest-identified-in-south-africa/

    The National Institute for Communicable Diseases in South Africa has reported the detection of a new potential variant of interest of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Currently known as C.1.2, the variant was found in all the provinces of the African country as well as abroad but with low frequencies. Less than two percent of all genomes are from this lineage.

    There are currently no major concerns about this new variant but there are reasons why scientists want to keep an eye on it. This lineage possesses similar mutations to those seen in both variants of interest (VOI) and variants of concern (VOC). It shares a few common mutations with the Beta and Delta variants, but also new mutations.

    As reported by the World Health Organization (WHO), there are currently four VOC, named Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and Delta, as well as four VOIs, Eta, Iota, Kappa, and Lambda in circulation globally. Alpha, Beta, and Delta are the ones that had the most impact around the world in terms of infection. In particular, Delta has now become the dominant

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  31. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Over 4,500 cases of the Mu variant have been documented in 39 countries.

    The WHO Has Identified Another Variant Of Interest: Mu
    https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/the-who-has-identified-another-variant-of-interest-mu/

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has said it’s keeping a close eye on a new COVID-19 “variant of interest” (VOI) known as Mu.

    The Mu variant, aka B.1.621 and B.1.621.1, was first identified in Colombia in January 2021, according to the WHO. Since then, there have been a few sporadic reports of cases of the Mu variant around the globe, combined with some larger outbreaks from other countries in South America and Europe.

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  32. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Asiantuntijakaan ei enää halua puhua koronapassista: Suomi on jälkijunassa
    Koronapassiesityksen pitäisi tulla hallitukselta näinä päivinä. Mielipiteet asiaa kohtaan ovat kääntyneet melko nuiviksi.
    https://www.iltalehti.fi/koronavirus/a/5a66444b-7745-4ba0-95b4-841ebcea79d9

    Suomessa valmistellaan edelleen koronapassia.
    Samaan aikaan osa maista jo luopuu siitä.
    Asiantuntija ei enää jaksaisi jauhaa koko asiasta.

    Soittokierros muutamille eri alojen asiantuntijoille vahvistaa käsitystä siitä, että Suomi on koronapassiasiassa auttamatta myöhässä.

    Esityksen koronapassista pitäisi tulla näinä päivinä. Tavoite on ollut syyskuun puolivälissä.

    Eräs oikeustieteen tuntija, joka aiemmin kirjoitti ja kommentoi asiaa laajastikin, sanoo nyt, että hän ei enää jaksaisi jauhaa koko asiasta. Hänen mielestään koronapassissa ollaan Suomessa jo jälkijunassa samaan aikaan, kun esimerkiksi Tanska ja Iso-Britannia jo kuoppasivat koko asian.

    Asiantuntija on kääntynyt sille kannalle, ettei koronapassissa ole enää mitään järkeä. Myös toinen, terveystaloustieteisiin erikoistunut asiantuntija on samalla linjalla. Hänkään ei halua lausua asiasta mitään painavaa nimellään, koska ei ole tehnyt passin hyödyistä ja kustannuksista tarkkoja laskelmia.

    Koronapassin tavoitteena on vähentää koronatartuntojen esiintyvyyttä ihmisten kokoontumisissa ja edistää yhteiskunnan terveysturvallista avaamista.

    Rokotetutkimuskeskuksen johtaja Mika Rämet sanoo, että jos passi vielä auttaa tapahtumien järjestämisessä ja mahdollistaa kulttuuripuolen toimintaa, hyvä niin.

    – Siitä on hankala olla eri mieltä.

    Rämetin mukaan asian toinen pointti on matkailussa.

    – On hyvinkin perusteltua, että jonkinnäköisen todistuksen tulevat vaatimaan rokotuksista. Näistä on pitkä historia, että esimerkiksi keltakuumerokotus on tarvittu tiettyihin maihin. Siinä ei ole dramatiikkaa. Nyt voi olla että jonkin aikaa tarvitaan todistus koronarokotuksista. Rokotustodistuksen vaatimiseen alle 16-vuotiaiden osalta en näe perusteita ainakaan enemmän kuin yhden rokoteannoksen osalta.

    – Nähdäkseni Suomen sisällä puhutaan väliaikaisesta ratkaisusta, jonka tavoite on mahdollistaa kulttuuri.

    Myöhässä jo elokuussa

    Asiaan liittyy kuitenkin julkisessa keskustelussa paljon pelkoja siitä, että rokotuspassi tai koronapassi asettaa ihmisiä eriarvoiseen asemaan ja jää pysyvästi olemaan.

    – Toinen puoli taas on, että semmoinen yhteiskunta, että toinen voi mennä kirjastoon tai uimahalliin ja toinen ei, niin semmoinenhan se meillä ei ole. Jos jotain systeemiä ollaan rakentamassa, pitää miettiä, mikä sen tarve on, kuka sitä valvoo ja mitkä ovat rangaistukset ja vastuut, sanoo myös Rämet.

    Muualla jo luovutaan

    Tanskassa luovuttiin rokotepassivaatimuksesta yökerhojen ovilla viime viikolla. Muissa paikoissa passia ei ole vaadittu syyskuun alun jälkeen.

    Britannian hallitus ilmoitti luopuvansa rokotepassista Englannin osalta toissa päivänä. Syyt Tanskan ja Britannian ratkaisuihin ovat kohonneessa rokotekattavuudessa, joka alkaa olla yli 80 prosenttia. Virossa koronapassin kysely on ilmeisen leväperäistä.

    Johtaja Mika Salminen THL:stä sanoi tänään Helsingin Sanomissa, että koronapassia kannattaa edelleen valmistella. Aikataulu on nyt loka-marraskuu.

    – Sanoisin, että se valmistelu kannattaa kyllä tehdä. Jos koronapassia tarvitaan, se olisi olemassa, Salminen sanoo lehdessä.

    – Se, että otetaanko se käyttöön ja tarvitaanko sitä, on kysymys, jota arvioidaan silloin, hän jatkaa.

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  33. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Amid vaccine mandates, fake vaccine certificates become a full blown industry https://blog.checkpoint.com/2021/09/14/amid-vaccine-mandates-fake-vaccine-certificates-become-a-full-blown-industry/
    Black market for fake vaccine certificates booms. Check Point Research
    (CPR) continues to monitor the black market in which fake COVID-19 vaccine certificates are being sold to anyone willing to pay. Black market for fake vaccine certificates expands globally, now selling certificates in 28 countries, 9 of which are new Including: Austria, Brazil, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Portugal, Singapore, Thailand, UAE.
    On August 10, CPR saw roughly a 1000 vendors on Telegram. Now, CPR sees north of 10, 000 vendors claiming to offer fake vaccine certificates, marking a 10x increase. Prices globally range from US$85-US$200. Following Biden’s vaccine mandate announcement “Registered” CDC vaccine card in the US has risen from US$100 to
    US$200 and Telegram group members in the US risen from 30K to over 300, 000

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  34. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Canada: Alberta healthcare system on verge of collapse as Covid cases and anti-vax sentiments rise
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/15/canada-alberta-healthcare-system-covid-cases-rise

    A province that has long boasted of its loose coronavirus restrictions has also been the site of North America’s highest caseloads

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  35. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Väärennettyjä rokotetodistuksia kaupitellaan viestisovellus Telegramissa suomalainen “todistus” 150:llä eurolla
    https://yle.fi/uutiset/3-12101786
    Viestisovellus Telegramiin on pesiytynyt väärennettyjen rokotetodistusten musta pörssi, ilmenee kansainvälisen tietoturvayhtiö Check Point Researchin tekemästä selvityksestä(siirryt toiseen palveluun). Selvityksen mukaan viestisovelluksessa kaupitellaan kaikkiaan 28:n maan koronarokotetodistuksia esittäviä väärennöksiä.
    Joukossa on monia EU-maita Suomi mukaan lukien. Suomen ja useimpien muidenkin EU-maiden väärennetyn rokotetodistuksen hinta on selvityksen mukaan 150 euroa.

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  36. Tomi Engdahl says:

    THL lopettaa päivittäisten koronalukujen julkaisemisen
    Päivittäinen koronavirustartuntojen määrä ei THL:n mukaan ole enää ”olennainen mittari”.
    https://www.iltalehti.fi/kotimaa/a/d071e8ad-0aa1-40f7-ab44-2a9cefb6b8ed

    THL:n päivittäiset koronatartuntaluvut jäävät historiaan.

    Laitos tiedottaa, että jatkossa seurannan painopiste siirtyy koronarokotusten edistymiseen ja vakavien tautitapausten määrän seurantaan.

    Nämä muutokset koskevat Tilannekatsaus koronaviruksesta -verkkosivua. Sivua on päivitetty keskiviikkoisin, mutta tästä viikosta eteenpäin katsaus julkistetaan torstaina iltapäivisin.

    Tilannekatsauksessa ei enää raportoida muun muassa koronavirustartuntojen päivittäistä määrää tai alueellista tilannearviota. THL:n mukaan ne eivät ole nykyisessä epidemiatilanteessa olennaisia mittareita.

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  37. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Ville Rannan pilapiirros: Korona hylkää Kiurun
    Ville Rannan pilapiirros 28.9.2021.
    https://www.iltalehti.fi/villeranta/a/03de4855-26b3-4064-8bc9-211faaefeff6

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