Monday January 17, 2022

Burden on hospital alarming

38,700 COVID infections diagnosed in 1 week, 104 deaths in 2 weeks

Published : 05 Jan 2022, 15:01

  DF Report

File Photo: Helsinki-Uusimaa Hospital District (HUS).

About 38,700 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Finland in the past seven days(between 26 December 2021 and 1 January 2022), compared to around 19,600 new cases in the previous week, said the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) in a joint press release on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, on 4 January, the total number of COVID-19-related deaths reported to the communicable diseases register was 1599. In the last 14 days (21 December 2021–4 January 2022), a total of 104 deaths were reported.

People over 70 years of age accounted for 76 per cent of the deaths.

On 4 January 2022, the total number of confirmed cases of the Omikron variant was 363. The overall burden on hospital care has risen, while the need for intensive care has stayed at its high level.

In the last 14 days (between 19 December 2021 and 1 January 2022), the incidence of new cases was 1048 per 100,000 inhabitants, compared to 426 in the preceding two-week period. On 4 January 2022, the estimated effective basic reproduction number took a sharp turn upwards and was 1.15–1.3 with a 90 per cent probability.

At the end of last week, the total number of patients in specialised healthcare was 205, of whom 153 were in inpatient care and 52 in intensive care.

By 5 January 2022, 81 per cent of people in Finland who are 5 years of age or over had received at least one vaccine dose, 77.2 per cent at least two vaccine doses and 23.1 per cent three vaccine doses.

The number of COVID-19 tests continues to be high, and positive test results have more than doubled in number. Between 26 December and 1 January, the number of tests performed rose above 147,200 and around 26 per cent of all samples tested positive, compared to 11.8 per cent in the previous seven-day period.