On Saturday, the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) reported 50 more coronavirus infections (44 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 6,826.
The health agency also reported 2 new deaths associated with the Covid-19 disease. Both fatalities occurred in the Greater Helsinki region and raised the country's death toll to 316.
The region of Helsinki-Uusimaa is the epicenter and worst-hit area. According to official figures, to date, 4,971 cases of Covid-19 have been found in the capital metropolitan area. Of them, 2,575 have been diagnosed in the city of Helsinki.
To date, the Helsinki university hospital special catchment area (HYKS) reported 260 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.Source: THL.
Helsinki-Uusimaa is also the region showing the highest incidence of infections: there are 294.8 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: 123 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, according to THL.
In intensive care
On Saturday, the official number of patients hospitalized due to coronavirus nationwide dropped from the day before by 3 to 71. And the number of people in intensive care units increased by 1 to 11.
According to a preliminary estimate by THL, around 5,500 people may have already recovered from the disease.
To date, Finnish laboratories have taken samples from approximately 182,700 people.