Minister of Social Affairs and Health Aino-Kaisa Pekonen (left) assured that there are sufficient protective equipment for nursing staff.

- We do not know how long they will last, but it must be said that the Security of Supply Center is not empty. We still have stuff there, and now we have received confirmation from the Security of Supply Center and from there it will be sent to the hospital districts, Pekonen replied during the frame riot on the steps of the Estate House.

IS asked Pekonen how much protective equipment would be needed at the moment.

- Unable to evaluate, Pekonen said.

China today came to Finland with aircraft protective gear. According to Tomi Lounema, CEO of the Security of Supply Center, the aircraft had two million surgical masks and 230,000 respirators.

STM, for its part, announced that a large number of surgical mouthpieces, respirators, protective jackets and gloves, as well as visors have been and are being procured for social and health care, and there are several procurement channels.

STM says that hospital districts gather the needs of different actors for protective equipment, and the equipment is distributed to hospital districts based on a needs assessment.

According to the STM bulletin, according to the national pandemic plan, social and health care actors must have in their equipment protective equipment corresponding to 3-6 months of normal consumption.

Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä (center) said in the morning that the manufacture of respirators will start in Finland next month, and the intention is to manufacture 200,000 protectors a day.

The mayors of the six largest cities sent out a moment ago that there is a shortage of protective equipment in the big cities and that the situation is critical throughout the country.

- As the epidemic spreads and the number of cases increases, the demand for protective equipment has grown strongly. The situation regarding the adequacy of protective equipment is critical. Cities are currently able to provide protective equipment for health centers, oral health stations and corona hospital wards, which are mainly dedicated to the treatment of coronary virus patients. In the case of other social and health services that are critical for the functioning of society, the situation is weaker in the case of protective equipment. The situation has not been alleviated by the contradictory and changing guidelines of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and THL on the use of protective equipment in services taken home, for example, the mayors of Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Tampere, Turku and Oulu state in their press release.