Finland reverses policy, recommends mask use Aug 14, 2020 0 1214 12345 HELSINKI: Finnish health authorities recommended on Thursday that people begin wearing masks in public places, after months of claiming there was insufficient evidence to justify their use.Mika Salminen, director of health security at Finland’s public health body THL, said “evidence of masks’ effectiveness is not particularly strong” but “even small additions to our range of available options are justified.” Finland is now experiencing an increase, with 219 new confirmed coronavirus cases in the last fortnight. However, the Nordic country still has one of Europe’s lowest incidences of the virus according to the WHO.Earlier in the pandemic, Finnish health authorities rejected the idea of a mask policy, insisting that wearing the face coverings could in fact exacerbate the spread of the virus if they were handled improperly. (AFP) RELATED ARTICLES Pompeo calls for joint US-EU effort on Belarus crisis Aug 14, 2020 0 485 Biden, Harris focus White House campaign on COVID-19 crisis Aug 14, 2020 0 3072 Countries tighten rules as global coronavirus deaths pass 750,000 Aug 14, 2020 0 63 Italy’s government receives 200 complaints over pandemic response ROME: More than 200 people have filed complaints against leading Italian government figures including Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio and other cabinet members over their handling of the .. Germany admits delay in thousands of virus test results BERLIN: Bavarian premier Markus Soeder was forced to apologise on Thursday over an embarrassing delay to thousands of coronavirus test results, just as Germany was seeing a new spike in virus cases. Some 44,000 people .. Britain says over 3.8 million EU citizens have applied to settle DPA London More than 3.8 million EU citizens have applied to settle in Britain under a scheme launched following the country’s Brexit referendum, the government said on Thursday. “I’m pleased there have been more than .. Buses and trains disinfected as N Korea ramps up virus measures SEOUL: Temperature checks, hand sanitisers, and face masks are being enforced across Pyongyang’s public transport system as North Korea intensifies its fight against the coronavirus pandemic. North Korea -- whose .. No need to panic as food safe from coronavirus: WHO AFP Geneva The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday urged people not to fear catching the novel coronavirus from food, after Chinese testers found traces on food and food packaging. The virus was found on Tuesday ..