The reason for the high rates of infection has been estimated to be, among other things, community culture.
On Friday morning in Itäkeskus, the Puhos shopping center is quiet. There are only a few people on the move. Almost everyone wears a mask and stays far apart.
Last weeks foreign backgrounds the proportion of coronavirus infections has started to increase. For example, in the hospital districts of Helsinki and Uusimaa, the share of non-Finnish or Swedish-speaking corona infections has risen to 40–50 per cent, after a long third. The phenomenon has been observed in all major Nordic cities.
Many areas in eastern Helsinki, for example, have shone red on maps showing the occurrence of the corona. The situation in Vantaa has been bad, for example
– And especially on the corner of the metro line, said Hus’s CEO Juha Tuominen said Thursday night at A-Talk.
How will the situation be approached along the metro line at Puhos Shopping Center?
For the sake of community, there may be more contacts
Occupations that cannot be done remotely and large families, among others, have been attributed to the high rates of infection.
– It is clear that if one gets sick, quite inevitably everyone will get sick, the mayor of Vantaa Ritva Viljanen said earlier this week.
Community culture has also been cited as a reason why many people with a foreign background can have a lot of social contacts.
This view is among others Hamada’s father and Nelson Elvinowho were both visiting Puhos on Friday morning.
– People are together, even if they are Korona or whatever, Hamada, who lives in the center of Espoo but often visits his mother in the East Center, says.
According to Elvino, who lives in South Vuosaari, many people who come to Finland from Africa, for example, emphasize community in their cultural background.
– For example, we Africans are a lot together.
Living in Pukinmäki, also often visiting Puhos Amir Abdurahman | in turn, says that a positive result from a coronavirus test can be difficult to tell others.
– People don’t necessarily stay at home. It’s a problem.
Virus variants are worrying
Structural causes are difficult to influence, but awareness of the dangers of the virus can be effectively shared. In the Helsinki metropolitan area, there has been a special focus on coronavirus education among foreign speakers. In the Helsinki metropolitan area, for example, several dozen educational videos have been made languages.
The education seemed to have been effective at least on Friday morning, as there were considerably few people on the move in the Puhos shopping center. With a few exceptions, the mask was used by everyone.
– In the past, there were a lot more gangs here. Today, there are fewer, says a taxi driver who has taken a break and does not want to appear in the story under his own name.
He believes the change is due to the fact that the deterioration of the situation has been much in the public eye.
Both Hamada and Elvino say they have noticed that people with a foreign background wear the mask more than before, but still wearing the mask could be even more common, he said.
– The young men who just walked behind us did not wear a mask, Elvino points out during the interview.
Hamada believes that the increase in the use of the mask is due, among other things, to the fact that there is perhaps more talk about the virus and the use of the mask than before.
Elvino agrees, believing that the news about the compulsion to disguise in the media has influenced people’s attitudes.
New virus variants may also appear threatening.
– People are a little more afraid of the new virus variant, Hamada estimates.
Focusing vaccinations on problem areas is considered a good idea
The National Vaccination Expert Group (KRAR) ended on Thursday to recommendthat the distribution of vaccines take into account not only the population but also the disease situation in different regions. This would mean that, for example, more vaccines could be delivered to Eastern Helsinki than to areas where there is less infection.
– The disparities between the regions are so great that they have remained large or rather increased that it would be appropriate to consider a regional emphasis, KRAR President Ville Peltola say to Ilta-Sanomat on Thursday.
Puhos basically receives the idea positively.
– I think that’s a good idea, Elvino says.
– If there is no need to vaccinate, it is a good idea to vaccinate more in areas with a lot of infections. That sounds good, Hamada says.
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