Finnish health authorities reported Tuesday 220 new coronavirus infections. Added to the 502 infections reported between Saturday and Monday, they make a total of 722 new cases since last Saturday. In addition, a person died in the Kuopio region as a result of the disease.
More specifically, the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) reported 412 new infections found on Saturday and Sunday, 90 on Monday and 220 on Tuesday.
With this increase, the total number of infected people in Finland since the start of the pandemic rises to 18,107.
To date, the Nordic country has also reported 363 deaths associated with the Covid-19 disease, most of them (289) in the Helsinki-Uusimaa region.
According to THL, the average age of the deceased is 84. The vast majority of them (over 95 percent) had one or more previous long-term illnesses.
86 patients in hospital care
The number of people hospitalized for coronavirus increased by 18 compared to the previous report, to 86. In turn, the number of patients in intensive care remained stable at 13.
The largest number of new cases have been recorded in the hospital districts of Helsinki and Uusimaa, Southwest Finland, North Ostrobothnia and Pirkanmaa.Incidence of new cases, THL says.
Infections increasing in Helsinki
The Uusimaa Region Health Authority (HUS) reported Tuesday that cases have been increasing during the autumn at the rate of 700-800 per week.
“During the autumn, 700–800 new infections have been diagnosed in the HUS area every week after the good summer situation. The positivity percentage of the samples has also been on the rise. In the last two weeks, almost 3% of all samples were positive," says Markku Mäkijärvi, Chief Medical Officer in HUS.
According to HUS, the incidence of coronavirus infections in Uusimaa (94.5 per 100,000 inhabitants in the past two weeks) already exceeds the limit set by THL for a region to be considered in the acceleration phase.
The average incidence of cases for the whole country is 51.1 per 100,000 residents in the previous two weeks, according to THL.