Thursday 28.05.2020

Finland records 4 deaths and 58 infections, 51 in Helsinki area

3 of the deaths reported on Saturday occurred in the capital's metropolitan area and 1 in the Kuopio region.

Young people in a Helsinki Park. Photo: Angelo Giordano/stock photo.
Young people in a Helsinki Park. Photo: Angelo Giordano/stock photo.

On Saturday 16 May, the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) reported 58 more coronavirus (koronavirus, in Finnish) infections. With them, the total number of laboratory-diagnosed cases rose to 6,286.

Of the 58 new cases recorded, 51 have been detected in the Helsinki region.

The health agency also reported 4 more deaths associated with the disease, bringing the total number of fatalities in Finland to 297.

The region of Helsinki-Uusimaa remains the epicenter and worst-hit area. According to official figures, to date, 4,513 cases of Covid-19 have been found in the capital metropolitan area. Of them, 2,338 have been diagnosed in the city of Helsinki.

New deaths in Helsinki and Kuopio

To date, the Helsinki university hospital special catchment area (HYKS) reported 243 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.

Of the 4 deaths reported on Saturday, 3 occurred in the capital region and 1 in the Kuopio university hospital special catchment area (KYS), where so far 25 people died, according to figures by THL.Finland-coronavirus-cases-dead-hospitalized-intensive-care-16-May-2020

Source: THL.

Helsinki-Uusimaa is also the region showing the highest incidence of infections: there are 267.7 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: 113 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, according to THL.

In intensive care

On Saturday, the official number of patients hospitalized due to coronavirus nationwide was 120, slightly higher compared to the day before. And the number of people in intensive care units was 30, which is 2 less than on Friday.

According to a preliminary estimate by THL, there are at least 5,000 people who may have already recovered from the disease.

To date, Finnish laboratories have taken samples from approximately 143,900 people.