The City of Turku and the Hospital District of Southwest Finland opened a health information point on Saturday evening 8 August at Turku Airport. Passengers arriving from Skopje, North Macedonia, to Turku were tested and they were given instructions for self-isolating. On the flight of Saturday evening, 157 passengers arrived in Turku and all of them were tested for coronavirus.

Further information:

Instructions for passengers arriving in Finland, e.g. information on self-isolation on the website of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.

- The attitude of passengers towards testing was positive, says Chief Physician for Infectious Diseases at the City of Turku Welfare Division Jutta Peltoniemi.

The operation will be developed on the basis of exeriences gained from this evening and feedback from different parties. For instance, several testing points will be established at the airport to facilitate queuing for testing.

- We continue successful collaboration with the Hospital District of Southwest Finland, Finavia and airlines at Turku Airport already in the next few days, says Director of the Welfare Division at the City of Turku Riitta Liuksa.

Had someone refused to be tested, the chief physician for infectious diseases at the City of Turku would have placed them in quarantine in accordance with the Communicable Diseases Act.

 

National guidelines for self-isolation were tightened on 8 August 2020. It is now recommended that a child in self-isolation should not attend early childhood education and care. It is also recommended that a self-isolating child in basic education should stay home. Special tuition arrangements are agreed with the organiser of education. A similar tightening of guidelines applies to going to work. 

 

In the Mediterranean Balkan Peninsula and particularly in North Macedonia, the situation of coronavirus is serious. Several passengers returning from the Balkan area have also tested positive in Turku. To prevent coronavirus from spreading, a health information and coronavirus testing point was established at the airport on 8 August.