Three more deaths associated with the Covid-19 disease occurred in Finland in the past 72 hours, the Finnish health authorities reported on Monday 18 January.
According to the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), these fatalities brought the total death toll in Finland to 621 since the pandemic started.
Most of the deaths (421) have been recorded in the capital region, the epicenter of the epidemic and the worst hit area.
THL also reported 594 new infections detected in the past 72 hours. Specifically, 190 new cases were diagnosed on Saturday 16 January, 236 on Sunday 17 January and 168 on Monday 18 January.
So far, the total number of diagnosed cases in the Nordic country amounts to 40,505.
At the time of writing this article, the number of people in hospital care was 148, more or less stable compared with last week. Of them, 27 were admitted to intensive care units.
The country's incidence of new cases remained stable during the last week. According to THL, at the time of writing this article it was 63.7 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the past two weeks for the whole country.
However, the situation varies depending on the region.
In the Helsinki-Uusimaa area, the most populated part of the country, the incidence for the preceding 14 days was 107.1 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The incidence of new cases in Southwest Finland (Turku and surroundings) decreased during the past week to 89.6 per 100,000.
In the Lapland hospital district, the incidence slightly decreased to 18.8 cases per 100,000 residents.
Currently, the lowest incidence in Finland is in the Central Ostrobothnia hospital district, whose main city is Kokkola, where 6.5 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants have been diagnosed in the past 2-week period.