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Covid-19 spreads in Finland in bars, restaurants, social events

In Finland, the infections caused by the Delta variant account for over 80% of the positive test results that are analysed further
FILED - 16 April 2021, North Rhine-Westphalia, Bielefeld: A nurse holds a vial of Moderna vaccine against coronavirus. Photo: Friso Gentsch/dpa.
A nurse holds a vial of Moderna vaccine against coronavirus. Photo: Friso Gentsch/dpa/File photo.

Finnish health authorities reported 1,651 new Covid-19 cases between 5 and 11 July.

The last monitoring report on the epidemic released on Thursday by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) shows that the number of cases has been increasing for the past three weeks.

About 540 new cases were reported in mid June (14–20 June), after which the number of cases has approximately tripled.

According to the Ministry of Social Affairs and Welfare, the Covid-19 epidemic is now spreading among socially active young adults, for example at bars, restaurants and social events.

As in the previous weeks, the highest number of infections was reported among 20–29-year-olds, who accounted for one third of all infections between 5 and 11 July.

People aged 10–19 accounted for 25% of all new cases, with most of these cases reported among people who had reached the age of 18.

Most new cases Delta variant

The percentage of cases where the virus was contracted abroad has halved compared to the previous week. In Finland, 12% of the cases reported between 5 and 11 July originated from abroad, and the further infections resulting from them accounted for 3% of all cases.

In Finland, the infections caused by the Delta variant account for over 80% of the positive test results that are analysed further. The Covid-19 variant is determined in about one in five positive samples.

"The fact that in recent weeks Euro 2020 football fans returning from Russia have accounted for a large percentage of genotyped samples may lead us to overestimate the percentage of cases caused by the Delta variant to some extent. The Delta variant was identified in about 90 per cent of the samples taken from people who had tested positive for Covid-19 at the eastern border or who had had contacts with someone based in or recently coming from Russia," says the Finnish health agency.

In hospital care

The number of patients in hospital care has remained stable despite the growing number of new cases. Based on the information provided by the hospital districts, a total of 43 people were receiving hospital care due to the COVID-19 disease on 14 July 2021. Of them, 6 were inpatients in primary healthcare, 27 inpatients in specialised healthcare and 10 inpatients in intensive care. 

According to the forecast, the number of new periods in specialised healthcare and intensive care in Finland will increase slightly over the next week. 

About 63% of the population in the country have received at least their first vaccine dose and 25% their second dose.

On 14 July, the total number of Covid-19-related deaths reported to the communicable diseases register was 978, while in the previous week it was 976.

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