Monday June 21, 2021

Coronavirus infections decreasing gradually

Published : 03 Jun 2021, 23:45

Updated : 03 Jun 2021, 23:47

  DF Report

Officials of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) spoke at a press conference on the present coronavirus situation of the country on Thursday. Photo: Finnish government by Lauri Heikkinen.

The COVID-19 situation has improved noticeably in Finland over the past week, said the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) in a joint press release on Thursday.

There are, however, major regional differences in the development of the epidemic. The incidence of COVID-19 is still higher in southern and southwestern Finland and Central Ostrobothnia than in the rest of the country. The development of the epidemic has, nevertheless, slowed down in many areas.

In May, the incidence of new cases declined in both Southwest Finland and Uusimaa. Currently, the estimated effective basic reproduction number is 0.75–0.95, with a 90 per cent probability.

The total number of new cases reported between 24 and 30 May was 877, which is over 400 cases fewer than in the preceding week when the figure was 1,312.

In the last two-week period (17–30 May), the incidence of new cases was 40 per 100,000 inhabitants, while in the preceding two-week period (3–16 May), it was 53.

The source of infection was traced in 70 per cent of all new cases of domestic origin. About 27 per cent of new cases were reported among people already in quarantine. Cases where the virus was contracted abroad accounted for 7.5 per cent of all new cases, and the further infections resulting from them accounted for 0.7 per cent of all cases.

More than 120,000 COVID-19 tests were taken between 24 and 30 May. The number is about the same as the week before.

The percentage of positive samples declined from the previous week, standing at 0.7 per cent between 24 and 30 May. The last time the proportion of positive samples of all those tested was less than one per cent was in September 2020 before the epidemic accelerated.

The number of patients receiving hospital care due to COVID-19 has decreased since mid-May. The number of intensive care patients has also dropped.

On Wednesday 2 June, there were 14 inpatients in intensive care, 22 inpatients in primary healthcare and 43 inpatients in specialised healthcare. The total number of COVID-19 inpatients was 79.

On 2 June , the total number of deaths related to the disease was 959.