Thursday papers: emergency forces, false positive results, expensive gas anger

Thursday papers: emergency forces, false positive results, expensive gas anger

Various newspapers, including tabloid Evening paper and Swedish Hufvudstadsbladet to discuss the government’s preparations for the re-enactment of the Emergency Authorization Act as the number of Covid cases increases.

The authorities have started preparations for the adoption of sections 86 and 88 of the law, which were last in force in spring 2021. Activation of, among other things, the provisions of the law in the field of health care would allow staff to cancel their holidays and deviate from working time regulations. .

However, a rarely used law cannot be introduced until other preventive measures, such as the transition to distance learning in schools, have first been tested, Iltalehti writes.

Maximum daily circulation Helsingin sanomat newspaper was the first to break the story.

Politicians have not commented on the possibility of activating the law, although Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) hinted at the possibility on Saturday. The government’s coronavir virus coordination group is expected to make a decision later this week or early next week, Helsingin Sanomat says.

False positives, though rare, are the thing

Because the omicron variant spreads rapidly and about 30 percent of the laboratory-confirmed tests are now positive, a positive lateral flow test result is likely to be reliable, but there have been cases where the result has been incorrect, Helsingin sanomat newspaper columnist Toni Lehtinen writes.

After seeing two lines in the quick test, Lehtinen had to cancel the family reunification and alert those who might have been exposed. However, after the PCR test, Lehtinen was told he had no virus.

This is a rare case; According to the director of the Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District (HUS), half and one percent of the side flow tests sold in the store are false positive. Lasse Lehtonen.

The reliability of home tests depends largely on the amount of viral material present in each sample tested. For this reason, false negative results are much more common compared to false positive results, the column says.

Dissatisfied drivers complain about gasoline prices

Petrol prices are rising in Finland, the price of a liter has exceeded 2 euros in many places, afternoon newspaper Evening News write.

Iltalehti spoke to four Finns who have begun to notice the pressure on their daily lives caused by the price increase.

"It is frustrating. Driving a car is, after all, necessary," Lapua driver Pentti Ylituomaala told the magazine and added that he now spends more time planning and always writes a shopping list in advance to limit car trips.

As the recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic subsides, the world market price of crude oil has risen.

However, Ilta-Sanomat’s respondents are dissatisfied with the state’s fuel taxes and the increased costs of non-intervention.

"Ministers should take a stand and stop justifying price rises. They should be on the side of the people in this matter," Iisalmilainen Kalle Muranan told the tabloid.

Source: The Nordic Page

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