Coronavirus has killed again in Finland. The country reported on Friday 24 July one death after several weeks without fatalities associated with the disease. In fact, the death toll had recently fallen by 1 due to a reassessment.
According to the latest figures provided by the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL, in its Finnish acronym), the country reported 8 new Covid-19 infections in the past 24 hours, bringing the total caseload to 7,380.
So far, the disease caused 329 deaths nationwide.
The region of Helsinki-Uusimaa remains as the worst-hit area by the epidemic. According to official figures, to date, 5,390 cases of Covid-19 have been found in the capital metropolitan area. Of them, 2,767 have been diagnosed in the city of Helsinki.
To date, the Helsinki university hospital special catchment area (HYKS) reported 271 fatalities (82.3% of the country's total). This means four out of every five deaths caused by the novel coronavirus have occurred in the Helsinki hospital area.
Helsinki-Uusimaa is also the region showing the highest incidence of infections: there are 319.7 diagnosed cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
For the whole country, the average incidence rate is less than half that in Helsinki: 133 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, according to THL.
The pressure on Finnish hospitals caused by the novel coronavirus is almost non-existent. On Friday, the official number of patients hospitalized due to the Covid-19 disease was 4. None of them were admitted to intensive care units.
According to a preliminary estimate by THL, around 6,920 people may have already recovered from the disease, which is over 90% of the reported cases.
To date, Finnish laboratories have taken samples from approximately 330,500 people.