Finnish health authorities reported Monday 561 new coronavirus infections found in the past 72 hours. In addition 2 patients died in the last three days, both in Helsinki.
More specifically, the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) said 244 new infections were found on Saturday, 213 on Sunday and 104 on Monday.
With this increase, the total number of infected people in Finland since the start of the pandemic rises to 19,419.
To date, the Nordic country has reported a total of 371 deaths associated with the Covid-19 disease. Most of those fatalities (293) occurred in the Helsinki-Uusimaa region.
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.
The average age of the deceased is 84. The coronavirus epidemic has not increased overall mortality in Finland, THL says. Deaths among working-age people are very rare and no deaths in children and adolescents have been reported so far.
On Monday, the number of people hospitalized due to Covid-19 disease increased to 80, which is 7 more than last Friday. However, the number of patients admitted to intensive care units decreased by 2, to 13.
The country's incidence of cases is also increasing slightly. According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, at the time of writing this article the number was 54.8 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 and the epicenter of the epidemic, the incidence is almost double, 106.3 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the preceding 14 days, according to THL.
The largest number of new cases have been recorded in the hospital districts of Helsinki and Uusimaa (the capital city and its surroundings), Southwest Finland (Turku) and North Ostrobothnia (Oulu).
An estimated 14,000 people have recovered from the disease, which is about 75% of reported cases.