The coronavirus situation in Turku remains stable but coronavirus infections seem to accelerate in the whole country. The situation in Turku is monitored actively.

Overall, 323 coronavirus infections have been detected in Turku (source: the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, 24 September at 10 am). Around 20 coronavirus infections have been detected among young adults. Infections have occurred particularly in different evening get-togethers and in night clubs.

Because of the infections, student events have been put on hold and, as a separate precaution measure, students in the Faculty of Medicine have been placed in remote teaching for the rest of September. Higher education institutions have also taken other measures.

- At the moment, different evening get-togethers and parties have an increased risk of coronavirus infections and everyone should consider carefully whether these events are absolutely necessary. In public events, event organisers comply with orders of the Regional Administrative State Agency and keep an eye of the situation throughout the event. When necessary, they make an intervention if safety distances are not maintained, for instance. Anyone taking part in an event is obliged to take these coronavirus precautions. Safety distances, hygiene and masks can significantly reduce the spread of coronavirus, says Chief Physician for Infectious Diseases Jutta Peltoniemi.

It is also important to wear a mask in public transport. At the moment, you can get tested for coronavirus on the day of contacting or the following day and the result usually comes within 1 or 2 days.

When necessary, extra testing capacity is targeted for areas with increased need for testing at any given moment.

New recommendations from the Institute for Health and Welfare and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health for the acceleration stage

On Thursday 24 September, the Institute for Health and Welfare and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health issued new recommendations for using masks during the acceleration and spreading stages of the coronavirus pandemic.

The new recommendations are currently in line with the recommendation for using masks in Turku.

The decision on a potential wider recommendation for using a mask will be taken by the regional epidemic group gathered by the Hospital District of Southwest Finland if the accelerating stage has been reached within the area of the hospital district.

If the use of masks will be recommended more widely than it is now, the practice in Turku is already in line with the recommendations of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare: everyone is responsible for acquiring their own masks.

The City of Turku will make sure that those in the most vulnerable position will have masks available for them in all situations free of charge.