March 26 2020: Uusimaa (Helsinki region) is going on lockdown. It will begin Friday March 27 and last for 3 weeks. The move needs to be approved by Parliament, but there’s no indication as of this writing that it won’t pass.
Meanwhile in the United States, the number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 has been doubling every 3 days consistently. Using yesterday’s number of around 800 dead, if the trend continues at this rate the total will be around 24,000 by Easter. Given the continued lack of testing being reported, shortages of personal protective equipment, and calls to reopen the country sooner rather than later, it could be far, far worse.
As a side note, I’m doing this and will continue to do so as a small act of rebellion against the vast oceans of misinformation, disinformation, and outright propaganda circulating on the internet. I feel the need to document what’s going on, using only valid, verified, fact-based sources. The only way the world is going to get through this is by staying grounded in objective reality. Hoping that belief in a political ideology will magically make things better isn’t helpful.
The Latest Information
- 880 confirmed cases in Finland, 88 more than reported yesterday.
- 2 more people have died, bringing the total in Finland to 3. One was elderly, and the other had an underlying medical condition.
- The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare is now projecting that the pandemic will last for 4 to 6 months. They are expecting between 11,000 and 15,000 people in the country will be hospitalized.
Please be sure you’re getting information from reliable sources.