On Wednesday, the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) reported 64 more coronavirus infections (55 of them in the Helsinki-Uusimaa region). With those contagions, the total number of laboratory-diagnosed cases of Covid-19 throughout the country rose to 6,692.
The health agency also reported 1 new death caused by the disease, bringing the country's death toll to 313.
The region of Helsinki-Uusimaa remains the epicenter and worst-hit area. According to official figures, to date, 4,862 cases of Covid-19 have been found in the capital metropolitan area. Of them, 2,505 have been diagnosed in the city of Helsinki.
To date, the Helsinki university hospital special catchment area (HYKS) reported 257 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.
The only death reported on Wednesday occurred in the Helsinki hospital region (HYKS). THL also corrected the total number of deaths previously reported by the Turku+Åland hospital area (TYKS) and lowered it from 17 (reported on Tuesday) to 16.
Helsinki-Uusimaa is also the region showing the highest incidence of infections: there are 288.4 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: 121 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, according to THL.
In intensive care
On Wednesday, the official number of patients hospitalized due to coronavirus nationwide dropped by 8 to 87 from the day before. And the number of people in intensive care units remained stable at 11.
According to a preliminary estimate by THL, around 5,100 people may have already recovered from the disease.
To date, Finnish laboratories have taken samples from approximately 173,300 people.