The pandemic is worsening in the Kemi-Tornio area and in Kymenlaakso; Health authorities are demanding new restrictions

Health authorities in southwestern Lapland said on Wednesday that the Covid situation in the West Ostrobothnia Hospital District has worsened and re-entered the community infection phase.

The West Ostrobothnia Pandemic Working Group warned of the risk of overcrowding in medical facilities as infections increased. It stressed that even a large number of unvaccinated increases the risk.

The western North includes the cities of Kemi and Tornio and the surrounding municipalities of Keminmaa, Simon, Tervola and Ylitornio in southwestern Finland’s Lapland near the Swedish border and the Gulf of Bothnia.

In the West Bank, 84 new coronavirus infections were diagnosed last week and 27 new have been diagnosed this week.

Vaccination rate almost 80%

The incidence in the West Ostrobothnia region is now about 220 per 100,000 inhabitants. Breakthrough infections have also been reported in some residents who have received two doses of the vaccine.

So far, there are only a few Covid patients in hospitals and health centers, but none in intensive care.

THL announced on Wednesday that Finland has achieved 80 percent vaccination coverage with two doses of coronavirus vaccine among those over 12 years of age.

The hospital districts in Finnish Lapland are slightly below the national average. In Länsi-Pohja, 78.8 per cent of those over 12 years of age have received two doses, compared with 79.7 per cent in the Lapland Hospital District.

Restaurant restrictions from the government

According to the Pandemic Working Group, restaurant-based chains of infection have been identified in the West Ostrobothnia region, which have also led to hospitalizations.

The Pandemic Working Group recommends that municipalities restrict general assemblies and public events.

The working group representing the municipalities in the area also calls on the central government to impose restaurant restrictions on the entire area. Restaurants and nightclubs could continue to operate with fewer restrictions if they ensured that each customer had a valid Covid Passport.

According to experts, there is less obvious reason for the recurrence of the disease. Elsewhere in Lapland, only a few isolated infections have been reported recently.

At the same time, in Norrbotten, on the other side of the Swedish border, the incidence is much lower than in the western North, and all those entering Finland must present a Covid passport.

In Kymenlaakso, the number increases by 81% despite coverage

Also on Wednesday, officials in southeastern Finland in the Kymenlaakso region, where nine patients are hospitalized for Covid. The highest number of new cases is in Kouvola and Kotka.

Infections are still most common in those who have not been vaccinated, but those over the age of 60 who have received a second dose in June or earlier are also affected. As a result, the effectiveness of the vaccine is reduced.

"It is very important for people over 60 to get the third vaccine six months after another," Marja-Liisa Mäntymaa, Kymsote, chief physician of the Kymenlaakso Association of Social and Health Municipalities, said in a statement on Wednesday.

In Kymenlaakso, the double-dose vaccination rate for those aged 12 and over is now 81 per cent, which is slightly higher than the national average.

According to Pine Land, the Covid Passport has slightly increased vaccination for younger people, such as those in their 20s.

"However, the current vaccination coverage is not yet sufficient to control the epidemic in the region," Pine land said.

Source: The Nordic Page





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