Press briefing by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, the Finnish Medicines Agency and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health on the situation with regard to the AstraZeneca vaccine
A press conference on the situation with regard to the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine was held on Wednesday 14 April. Chief Specialist Mia Kontio from the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, Senior Medical Officer Maija Kaukonen from the Finnish Medicines Agency and Chief Medical Officer Sari Ekholm from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health were in attendance.
Recording of the press conference 14th April I Youtube
Government publishes plan and timetable for lifting COVID-19 restrictions, consultation round begins
The Government has published a plan to lift the restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 epidemic, along with a target timetable. The purpose of the plan is to give the public, businesses and communities a clear picture of how society will gradually open up.
The plan is available at the Institutional Repository for the Government. The Government is requesting comments and opinions on the plan over the next seven days. All interested parties are invited to submit their comments using the otakantaa.fi service until 16 April. Submitting a comment requires registration to the otakantaa.fi service.
Downward trend in COVID-19 infections – positive trend can be kept by continuing with restrictions long enough
The number of new COVID-19 cases in Finland dropped before Easter, and this downward trend continues. The current restrictions and recommendations and the closure of businesses serving food or beverages have clearly had an impact. The positive trend can be maintained by continuing with the restrictions, and they should not be dismantled too early or too quickly. The number of new cases remains high, amounting to over 3,000 a week.
Number of coronavirus infections down on previous week – strict restrictions still necessary
Slightly fewer new COVID-19 cases were reported in Finland between 22 and 28 March than in the first weeks of the month. The current restrictions and recommendations and the closure of businesses serving food or beverages seem to have slowed down the spread of the epidemic. It takes some time for the restrictive measures to take effect, and the number of new cases remains high. Therefore, it is possible that the epidemic could take a rapid turn for the worse.
Strategic Director Liisa-Maria Voipio-Pulkki and Deputy Director General Jari Keinänen from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and Director Mika Salminen from the Finnish Institute For Health and Welfare were present at the press conference.
Slight decrease in COVID-19 cases compared to last week — need for care remains high
Between 15 and 21 March, the number of new COVID-19 cases reported in Finland decreased for the first time since the increase in case numbers in mid-February. Although the rise in the number of cases has subsided at the national level for the time being, new cases are still reported in large numbers. Most of them are reported in southern and southwestern Finland. In March, inpatients in specialised healthcare have placed an increasing burden on healthcare services and the need for intensive care has grown considerably.
Recording of the press conference 25th march I Youtube
Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare suspends AstraZeneca Covid vaccinations
New COVID-19 cases reported in large numbers between 8 and 14 March
The COVID-19 situation remains difficult in the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa and the Hospital District of Southwest Finland. Over the past few weeks, the need for specialised healthcare and particularly the need for intensive care have increased considerably in these Districts.
Between 8 and 14 March, a total of nearly 4,800 new cases were recorded in Finland, showing an increase of over 300 cases from the previous week. This is the highest weekly number of new cases reported in Finland since the start of the epidemic.
Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services Krista Kiuru, Strategic Director Liisa-Maria Voipio-Pulkki from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and Director Mika Salminen from the Finnish Institute For Health and Welfare and chief infectious diseases physician Asko Järvinen at Helsinki and Uusimaa health district were present at the press conference.
Government to introduce powers necessary to manage COVID-19 with decrees on use of powers under Emergency Powers Act
On Friday 5 March, the Government submitted a proposal to Parliament on introducing powers laid down in the Emergency Powers Act. The powers to be adopted through the decrees are related to directing the operations of healthcare and social welfare units and compliance with the time limits for non-urgent care. The Government would also adopt powers related to emergency communications and decisions on which authority has power in cases of ambiguity.
COVID-19 situation worsening quickly across Finland, with sharp rise in incidence of new cases
Over the past two weeks, the number of new COVID-19 cases reported in Finland has been significantly higher than before, and the number has continued to increase at an alarming rate despite the restrictions. In fact, during the latest reporting period (22–28 February), Finland recorded the highest number of new cases since the start of the epidemic. The rapid deterioration of the situation calls for swift and more stringent measures to curb the epidemic.
Government decides on immediate transition to tier 2 of COVID-19 prevention and is prepared to declare a state of emergency
In its meeting on 24 February, the Government decided to impose more stringent measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and to transition to tier 2 of prevention measures.
A total of seven hospital districts are being instructed to transition immediately to tier 2 prevention measures, which are the strictest restrictions for areas in the community transmission phase of the epidemic. The same measures are recommended for nine areas currently in the acceleration phase.
Prime Minister Sanna Marin, Minister of Science and Culture Annika Saarikko, Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson, Minister of the Interior Maria Ohisalo, Minister of Education Jussi Saramo and Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services Krista Kiuru were present at the press conference.
Current COVID-19 situation in Finland: new virus variants cause concern
Over the past four weeks, the number of COVID-19 cases have remained at the same relatively high level across Finland. About 2,300–2,700 new cases are reported every week.
The number of people requiring hospital care has remained relatively stable, but the need for intensive care has increased slightly in the past few days. The weekly number of deaths from COVID-19 is decreasing slowly.
Current COVID-19 situation in Finland: number of new cases remains high while need for hospital care is decreasing
The number of new COVID-19 cases has remained at the same level as the week before. Finland has succeeded in curbing the epidemic in many regions. Despite this, the virus has spread throughout the country, and new cases have been reported in large numbers in many hospital districts.
Number of COVID-19 cases still high in Finland - tracing takes time but is effective
The latest COVID-19 figures for Finland show that the upward trend in the number of new cases continues on the week number 4. The positive thing is that people are more actively getting tested than in the beginning of January. The tracing is running well in the municipalities though being laborous.
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and Finnish Institute For Health and Welfare held a press conference on the coronavirus situation and the vaccination situation on Thursday 4th February.
Number of COVID-19 cases on the rise again in Finland after several weeks of stability
The latest COVID-19 figures for Finland show a clear upward trend in the number of new cases. This is following a long period of relative stability in the number of new cases. The numbers of cases have increased in several hospital districts. Some of the cases are related to known large-scale transmission chains.
Government decides to supplement action plan for COVID-19 hybrid strategy
In its meeting on 25 January, the Government decided to supplement the action plan implementing the hybrid strategy to combat COVID-19. The Government will adopt a resolution on the matter on 26 January.
In line with the decision, the action plan will be supplemented with three new sets of measures aimed at combating the acceleration of the COVID-19 epidemic and, in particular, at curbing the spread of the more infectious virus variant in Finland.
Government decides to tighten border traffic
On 22 January, the Government decided at an extraordinary meeting to tighten border traffic and the recommendations on testing and quarantine.
The aim is to prevent the re-escalation of the growth of the COVID-19 epidemic and the spread of the COVID-19 variant in Finland. Should the new virus variant become more widespread, it could result in a potentially much more transmissible epidemic.
Press conference on the coronavirus situation on 21st January
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and Finnish Institute For Health and Welfare will hold a press conferense on the coronavirus situation and the vaccination situation on Thursday 10th December. Strategic Director Liisa-Maria Voipio-Pulkki from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and Chief Physician Taneli Puumalainen from the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare will be present at the briefing.
Decrease in number of COVID-19 cases - testing recommended for anyone with even mild symptoms
The number and incidence of new COVID-19 cases and the number of patients requiring hospital care have decreased slightly since mid-December 2020. However, new cases are still found widely across the country. It is worrying that people get tested more seldom than before.
Fewer people were tested for coronavirus during Christmas week – Number of reported cases fell
The number of coronavirus infections reported in Finland decreased during the Christmas week (21-27 December). The number of coronavirus tests administered also fell significantly from the previous weeks. It is therefore possible that cases will be reported with a delay in the near future.
Alarming increase in infections among older adults
The number of new coronavirus infections is still at a high level, and community transmission is common in different age groups across Finland. It is alarming that more and more infections are found in older age groups and that there is a clear increase in the number of patients in need of hospital care.