Finland continues to reduce the number of infections and deaths. According to the latest figures published on Monday by the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), the country recorded just 20 infections and 1 death associated with the Covid-19 disease in the past 24 hours.
It is the second day in a row that only 1 death is to be regretted in Finland. That happened already on Sunday, and on Friday and Saturday there were zero victims.
The figures invite optimism, although it remains to be seen what will happen in a few days, when the bars and restaurants reopen and when the impact of the reopening of the schools on 14 May can be evaluated.
On Monday, THL reported 20 more coronavirus infections (14 of them in the Helsinki-Uusimaa region). With them, the total number of laboratory-diagnosed cases throughout the country rose to 6,599.
The health agency also reported 1 new dead recorded in the Helsinki area, which brings the country's death toll to 308.
The region of Helsinki-Uusimaa remains the epicenter and worst-hit area. According to official figures, to date, 4,782 cases of Covid-19 have been found in the capital metropolitan area. Of them, 2,464 have been diagnosed in the city of Helsinki.
To date, the Helsinki university hospital special catchment area (HYKS) reported 253 fatalities (82% of the country's total). This means four out of every five deaths caused by coronavirus have occurred in the Helsinki hospital area.
Helsinki-Uusimaa is also the region showing the highest incidence of infections: there are 283.6 diagnosed cases per 100,000 inhabitants. This rate grows slightly everyday.
For the whole country, the average incidence rate is less than half that in Helsinki: 119 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, according to THL.
In intensive care
On Monday , the official number of patients hospitalized due to coronavirus nationwide dropped by 2 to 104 from the day before. And the number of people in intensive care units dropped by 1 to 18.
According to a preliminary estimate by THL, around 4,800 people may have already recovered from the disease.
To date, Finnish laboratories have taken samples from approximately 168,700 people.