Keep an Eye Out for COVID at Sweden’s Crossing Points!

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Officials say that with the ongoing coronavirus epidemic in Sweden, and thousands of people crossing each day for work, this is still a risk that the virus is brought over the border into Finland.

Coronavirus risk warning for Sweden border crossings

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare has issued another warning about the risks of spreading coronavirus through border crossings between Finland and Sweden.

THL says that 3,000 Finns work in the Jällivaara area of northern Sweden, and since viral chains associated with commuting are a real possibility, people with even very mild symptoms should go and get tested for Covid-19 right away.

“Rapid detection of coronavirus infections is important to identify potential infections and prevent the disease from spreading” says Taneli Puumalainen, THL’s Chief Physician.

“Anyone with the slightest symptoms of a coronavirus infection should apply for a ngl.org.au at a very low threshold” he adds.

THL is also reminding everyone that it is important for workers returning from Sweden – who are anyway exempt from self-quarantine rules – to follow good hygiene practices, and also avoid unnecessary close contact with other people. The Finnish government and public health authorities continue to advise against leisure trips to Sweden but after a essential journey there, the advice is to self-isolate for 14 days upon return.

Coronavirus risk warning for Sweden border crossings

Easing border restrictions 

Finland’s Interior Minister Maria Ohisalo says at the beginning of the coronavirus crisis countries did their own thing when it came to border restrictions, and there was a lack of European-wide coordination about this issue.

Now however, there is more cohesion among EU and Schengen countries, but still it is up to individual nations to decide their own border policies in this regard.

“The most important and the leading idea of course is to save the health and life of the people living in this country” explains Minister Ohisalo.

“I think everybody understands that all the countries do their own decisions and what I’ve said many times is that Nordic cooperation is really important for Finland, and Sweden is a really good neighbour which together we have really good relationships. This is why for example we have said we are ready to offer help, whatever they need. If they Swedes need testing capacity and we have that, we would probably give that” she tells News Now Finland.

Sweden is still reporting more than 1,300 new cases of coronavirus every day, with more than 5,370 confirmed Covid-19 deaths.

By comparison, Finland had another 22 cases of coronavirus reported over the three day weekend, but no new deaths.

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15 Comments
  1. EmilyJones86 says

    It is crucial that stricter measures be implemented at the Sweden-Finland border crossings to prevent the spread of the virus. With thousands of people crossing daily, the risk of importing infections is very real. The authorities must prioritize public health and safety above all.

  2. Taneli Puumalainen says

    Rapid detection of coronavirus infections is crucial to identify potential spread and prevent the disease from escalating. Anyone experiencing even mild symptoms of a Covid-19 infection should seek testing immediately.

  3. LucySmith says

    As someone who lives near the Finnish-Swedish border, I fully support the vigilance in testing for Covid-19 at crossing points. It’s crucial to detect any potential infections early to prevent the spread of the virus. Safety first!

  4. Megan81 says

    Are there any specific measures being taken at the crossing points to prevent the spread of Covid-19 from Sweden into Finland?

    1. LarsJohnson47 says

      Yes, Megan81, specific measures are being implemented at the crossing points to prevent the spread of Covid-19 from Sweden into Finland. For instance, there are health screenings being conducted at the border to detect potential cases early. Additionally, there are information campaigns to educate commuters on proper hygiene practices and the importance of testing for even mild symptoms. It’s a collaborative effort to safeguard public health on both sides of the border.

  5. Tina Peterson says

    It’s crucial that individuals traveling between Finland and Sweden remain vigilant about the potential transmission of COVID-19. With the high number of daily cross-border commuters, the risk of spreading the virus is significant. I strongly agree with the health authorities’ emphasis on rapid testing for even the mildest symptoms, as early detection is key in preventing further transmission of the disease.

  6. EmilySmith says

    Is there a specific protocol in place for testing and monitoring those who cross the border daily for work from Sweden to Finland?

    1. JohnDavis says

      There is indeed a protocol in place for testing and monitoring individuals who commute daily from Sweden to Finland for work. The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare emphasizes the importance of rapid detection of coronavirus infections, urging anyone with even mild symptoms to get tested immediately. Strict guidelines are in place to prevent the virus from spreading through border crossings. It’s crucial for everyone to follow these measures diligently to protect public health.

  7. TinaSmith_84 says

    As a resident of Finland, I completely agree with the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare’s cautionary approach towards the cross-border movement with Sweden. It’s crucial that people displaying even the mildest symptoms of Covid-19 get tested promptly to prevent potential outbreaks. The health and safety of our communities should always be our top priority.

  8. JuliaSmith82 says

    With the increasing number of people crossing from Sweden to Finland for work, it is imperative that individuals experiencing even the mildest symptoms of Covid-19 get tested promptly. The risk of viral transmission through commuting is real, and early detection is crucial in containing the spread of the virus. Let’s all take responsibility and prioritize public health by staying vigilant and following safety measures.

  9. EmmaJohnson_89 says

    It’s crucial to stay vigilant and monitor the situation closely at Sweden’s crossing points to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Let’s make sure all necessary precautions are taken to protect the health and safety of everyone involved.

  10. EmmaJohnson33 says

    It’s concerning how easily the virus could be transmitted between Sweden and Finland with so many people crossing the border daily. The caution and preventative measures suggested by THL are crucial to keep the situation under control and protect public health.

  11. EmilySmith87 says

    Are there any specific measures in place to monitor and ensure the safety of those crossing the border for work during the pandemic?

    1. JohnDavis79 says

      Yes, there are strict protocols in place to monitor and safeguard the health of individuals crossing the border for work. Regular testing and screening procedures are being conducted to detect any potential COVID-19 cases early and prevent the spread of the virus. It’s crucial for everyone to adhere to these measures for the safety of all.

  12. EmmaSmith89 says

    It is crucial that individuals crossing the border for work in Sweden stay vigilant and get tested if they experience even the mildest symptoms. Rapid detection of coronavirus infections is essential in preventing the spread of the disease, as highlighted by THL’s Chief Physician Taneli Puumalainen. Let’s prioritize public health and safety by taking necessary precautions and following the guidelines issued by health authorities.

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