Restaurants and bars will be closed from 8 to 28 March in regions with an unfavorable epidemiological situation. Senior grades of secondary school, as well as gymnasiums and vocational schools are transferred to distance learning for the same period. Yle News followed a government press conference.
The government announced a three-week lockdown from 8 March due to a worsening coronavirus outbreak.
The New Finnish variant Fin-796H shares with the South African variant the key mutation 484K that has been claimed to be central in the impaired vaccine protection. Furthermore, the Fin-796H variant has mutations in the genomic area coding the N gene.
The variant Fin-796H has genomic features from both the British and South African SARS-CoV-2 variants but is distinct from these and other published variants.
The new variant was detected during the sequence analysis of SARS-CoV-2 spike-gene for clinical samples in the Institute of Biotechnology. The variant has unique features and the combination of S gene mutations is clearly novel, stated by Petri Auvinen , Research Director at the Institute of Biotechnology.
There have now been more than 60,000,000 confirmed coronavirus infections globally and the infection rate is still increasing.
The first phase of the forthcoming testing (of Finnish mink farms) will involve 30 farms from ten different municipalities in different provinces of Ostrobothnia, where most of Finland’s approximately 700 fur farms are located.
In the first phase, the tests will be carried out in a couple of weeks, and after that the testing will be extended to all Finnish orchards (mink farms).