This week, the Yle News All Points North podcast assesses the potential effects of Omicron’s coronavirus in Finland. Health authorities have confirmed that the cases are already spreading in the metropolitan area and elsewhere in the country.
Tuomas AiveloA pathology researcher at the University of Helsinki told APN that Omicron will become Finland’s main variant by Christmas.
"We know the Omicron wave is coming and it’s coming pretty fast," Aivelo said. "It’s coming to the top of the Delta wave, so that means the number of cases is starting to rise."
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The APN also heard how the worsening coronavirus situation is causing many Finns to reconsider, adjust or cancel their Christmas plans.
"It’s up to everyone to decide for themselves: How much risk-taking during Christmas is" Aivelo said.
Musk “mentions” Finland
News that the Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) missed Covid exposure messages after socializing in Helsinki nightclub, headlined in international news headlines, culminating in technology billionaire Elon Musk by tweeting A Marin-themed meme for 66 million Twitter followers.
This resulted in a phenomenon known as Finland mentioned (“Finland mentioned”), in which Finnish domestic media and social media users shared the news with Musk ‘s “mentions” of Finland.
Factor Joel Willans The Very Finnish Problems social media channel told APN that Finland mentioned is a great example of a Finnish sardonic sense of humor.
"I suspect that this is somewhat the case in every small country, but I like the Finnish version to be a kind of self-defeating humor. It’s like “look at us, we’re in the media,”" Willans said.
There is still time to donate
In early December, APN said the charity Christmas Tree is aiming to distribute 100,000 gifts this year to children from vulnerable families.
Despite the increased need for help this holiday season, the group reports that donations have declined compared to previous years, as can be seen in other charities.
But there is still time to make an impact. Gifts can be picked up on the zero floor of the Forum shopping center in the center of Helsinki next to Gigant on Sunday 19 December.
More information about the rest of the country and online donation can be found on the organization’s website website.
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This week’s presentation was presented by Ronan Browne and Zena Iovino, produced by Mark B. Odom and the sound engineer was Laura Koso.
Source: The Nordic Page