Thursday December 09, 2021

Coronavirus patients in hospitals on rise

Published : 21 Oct 2021, 23:39

Updated : 21 Oct 2021, 23:41

  DF Report

File Photo: City of Helsinki by Virpi Velin.

Over the past three weeks, the number of coronavirus patients in the specialised hospitals increased from 58 to 103, said the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) in a joint press release on Thursday.

The number of intensive care patients increased from 23 to 34. Specialised healthcare has as many patients now as it had at the end of February 2021.

The incidence of new COVID-19 cases over the last two-week period was 137 per 100,000 inhabitants.

This is around 10 per cent more than in the preceding two-week period when the incidence of cases was 124 per 100,000 inhabitants.

Over the last two-week period, the incidence has been greatest among unvaccinated people between the ages of 12 to 49.

On 20 October 2021, the total number of COVID-19-related deaths reported to the communicable diseases register was 1,133.

Until Wednesday, 85 per cent of the target population for COVID-19 vaccination in Finland, i.e. people who are 12 years of age or over, had received at least one vaccine dose and 76 per cent two vaccine doses.

According to the current estimate, it is possible to achieve 80 per cent vaccination coverage by the first week of November, if the increase in the vaccine uptake does not slow down.

As the local or regional epidemic situation deteriorates, the spread of infections and its harmful effects can still be effectively prevented by introducing measures under the hybrid strategy either in a specific municipality or in a larger area.

Between 14 and 20 October, the uptake of the first vaccine dose grew by less than one percentage point and the uptake of the second dose by two percentage points.

If the epidemic gets worse, there is an undeniable risk to the health of those who can catch the disease and a risk of increased need for hospital care.

Over the last two-week period, unvaccinated people between the ages of 12 to 79 who have COVID-19 have received specialised healthcare 19 times more often than those in the same age group who have been vaccinated twice.

The risk of being admitted to specialised healthcare has been highest among unvaccinated people aged 50−79. The risk is 28 times higher for them than for those in the same age group who have been vaccinated twice.

Between 14 and 20 October, about 80,300 tests were taken, which is nearly as many as in the previous week.

The proportion of positive cases of all samples was 4.6 per cent, showing a slight decrease on the previous week’s 4.9 per cent.