Thursday 12/3/20

Finland reports 516 new infections, 3 deaths in Helsinki and Oulu

In the Helsinki-Uusimaa region, the incidence of new cases is now 106.3 infections per 100,000 residents in the preceding 14 days, according to THL's numbers.

Travelers in the lobby of the Helsinki main train station. Photo:
Travelers in the lobby of the Helsinki main train station. Photo:

Finnish health authorities reported Wednesday 516 new coronavirus infections found in the past 48 hours.

In addition 3 patients died in the last three days, 1 of them in Helsinki and 2 in the western coastal city of Oulu.

More specifically, the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) said 228 new infections were found on Tuesday and 288 on Wednesday.

With this increase, the total number of infected people in Finland since the start of the pandemic rises to 19,935.

To date, the Nordic country has reported a total of 374 deaths associated with the Covid-19 disease. Most of those fatalities (294) occurred in the Helsinki-Uusimaa region, which is the epicenter of the epidemic and the most affected area.

According to THL, 49% of the fatalities are men and 51% are women. The vast majority of them (over 95%) had one or more previous long-term illnesses.


Source: THL.

Intensive care

On Wednesday, the number of people hospitalized due to Covid-19 disease increased to 90, which is 10 more than last Monday. However, the number of patients admitted to intensive care units decreased by 1, to 12.

The country's incidence of cases has decreased slightly during the last two days. According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), at the time of writing this article the number was 54.5 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the past two weeks.

However, the situation is very different depending on the region.

In the area of ​​the capital city and its surroundings (Helsinki-Uusimaa), the most populated region of ​​the country, the incidence doubles the national average, 108.8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the preceding 14 days, according to THL.

Most affected hospital districts

The largest number of new cases have been recorded in the hospital districts of Helsinki and Uusimaa, Southwest Finland (Turku and its surroundings) and North Ostrobothnia (Oulu region).

The number of Covid-19 tests carried out so far by Finnish laboratories is more than 1,751,800, according to THL.

An estimated 15,300 people have recovered from the disease, which is over 75% of the reported cases.