The third year of a pandemic is about to begin in Finland

The third year of a pandemic is about to begin in Finland

Finland officially entered the third year of the pandemic on Saturday, two years after the first Covid-19 case was confirmed in the country.

The apparent patient zero was a 32-year-old woman visiting Wuhan, China, Finland, whose infection was confirmed on January 29, 2020.

At the moment, Mika Salminen The matter was reported by the Health Director of THL, THL Health Center "the risk of spreading the disease in Finland was very low" and there [was] "no reason to worry".

The first corona death came about three weeks later in southern Finland.

Last Friday, THL reported an additional 23 deaths, bringing the total number of deaths to 1,942 as of March 21, 2020.

Last August, Finland crossed a grim milestone with more than 1,000 Covid deaths. The first death of the child was announced two weeks ago.

Almost half of the eligible population increased

Almost half a million infections have been confirmed in Finnish laboratories. However, the actual number may be many times higher because it does not include home testing or undetected cases.

More than 10.8 million doses of vaccine have been given in Finland since the first on 27 December 2020, on average just over two doses per person.

According to THL, nearly half of those eligible for booster vaccination with the coronavirus vaccine have received it by Saturday. 49.7 per cent of those over 12 years of age have received at least three doses, while some of the risk groups have received four.

At the same time, nearly 84 percent of the eligible population has received two injections, while nearly 87 percent have received at least one dose.

For the general population, the corresponding figures are 43.8% for the third dose and 73.6% for the second dose, while 76.3% have received at least one dose.

Fewer patients in intensive care units

There are signs that the worst may be over the current rise, driven by the Omicron variant since mid-December.

On Friday, the number of patients in need of hospital treatment fell by 34 from Wednesday.

The hospital had 641 patients, 53 of whom were in intensive care. It fell from 19 to 20. from a record high of 64 in January, the highest level since the early days of the pandemic in April 2020.

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Source: The Nordic Page




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