Thursday May 06, 2021

Number of coronavirus infections on wane

Published : 29 Apr 2021, 14:17

Updated : 29 Apr 2021, 16:36

  DF Report

Ministry of Health and THL COVID-19 situation review press conference 29.4.2021.Government of Finland photo by Lauri Heikkinen

The number of new COVID-19 cases continues to decline, which indicates that the epidemic is currently winding down in the country, said the National Institute for Health and Welfare-THL in a press release.

The restrictions and recommendations have clearly been effective and prevented infections. As the spring progresses, vaccinations and seasonal variation will begin to contribute to the positive development of the epidemic. The fact that people have complied with the recommendations and restrictions in a commendable manner has also helped ease the epidemic.

That said, the number of COVID-19 infections remains high enough that the situation may deteriorate rapidly again if contacts between people increase significantly and the virus is able to spread more freely in the population.

There are still major differences in the development of the epidemic between hospital districts. Southern and southwestern Finland are still the worst affected areas. However, the incidence of new cases has declined in most hospital districts.

On Tuesday 27 April, the Government declared that the current situation no longer constitutes a state of emergency under the Emergency Powers Act due to the improved epidemic situation.