More people died on Friday in hospitals from the coronavirus while the epidemic in Finland seems to have already passed its most intense stage of spread.
The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) reported Friday 5 more deaths and 354 new cases of infection. We will have to wait until Monday 21 December to know the number of fatalities occurred during the weekend.
Of the deaths reported on Friday, 3 occurred in the Tampere hospital district, 1 in the Kuopio region and 1 in the Helsinki-Uusimaa area.
So far, 489 people died in Finland from complications associated with the Covid-19 disease. Most of those fatalities (352) occurred in the capital region, the epicenter of the epidemic and the worst hit area.
The Finnish health agency also reported Friday 354 new infections bringing Finland's total caseload to 32,582.
The number of people hospitalized due to the Covid-19 disease is 263. Of them, 30 are in intensive care units, which is 3 more than the day before.
Incidence of new cases
The country's incidence of new cases has slightly decreased. According to THL, at the time of writing this article it was 102.1 cases 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 180 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants, THL's figures show.
In contrast, in the Lapland hospital district the incidence is much lower, 24.8 cases per 100,000 residents.
Currently, the lowest incidence in Finland is in the Kainuu region, whose main city is Kajaani, where only 8.3 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants have been diagnosed in the past 2-week period.