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Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare
Coronavirus epidemic continues to slow down in Finland

Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
11.6.2020 10.00
Press release 146/2020

According to the assessment published on 11 June 2020, the coronavirus epidemic continues to slow down compared to the situation two weeks ago. The number of cases reported every week to the communicable diseases register has again decreased clearly.

Now the estimated basic reproduction number is 0.70–0.80. This means that in Finland the coronavirus epidemic has been fading away for some time.
During the last period (1–7 June) no new cases were reported in twelve hospital districts.

The number of patients hospitalised due to the disease has also continued to decrease from the situation two weeks ago. In the catchment areas for highly specialised medical care of the university hospitals, the situation with respect to hospital care for COVID-19 is very calm. The intensive care capacity was not exceeded at any point.

At present the coronavirus testing capacity of laboratories is more than 13,000 samples per day. During the period 1–7 June the number of people tested for coronavirus was smaller than in the previous weeks. The percentage of positive samples has stayed around 1% of all samples taken.

The aim for Finland is to test all cases where the acute phase of the coronavirus infection is suspected. This means that the threshold for taking the test and for people to have themselves tested should be low.

In Finland an estimated 6,200 people have recovered from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The assessment of the coronavirus situation published today and earlier assessment reports are available on the website of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.

The impact of Finland’s hybrid strategy to combat the COVID-19 epidemic is monitored by means of epidemiological, medical and functional indicators. The strategy aims to prevent the spread of the virus in Finland, protect the capacity of the healthcare system and shield and protect people, especially those who are most at risk.
The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare produce weekly assessments of the situation with respect to the epidemic, both nationally and in different regions.

Inquiries:

Jussi Sane, Chief Specialist, firs[email protected] (epidemic situation)
Kari Auranen, Professor, [email protected] (projection models)
Liisa-Maria Voipio-Pulkki, Strategic Director, [email protected] (situational picture and modelling group)

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