Government press conferences

Nearly 53,600 new COVID-19 cases recorded in Finland, need for hospital care increasing, third vaccine dose given to one third of people aged 12 or over

12.1.2022 17.14

Nearly 53,600 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Finland between 3 and 9 January, compared to more than 42,100 new cases in the previous week. Cases are now reported even among people who have been vaccinated.

The need for inpatient specialised healthcare has grown considerably while the burden on intensive care remains high but relatively stable. Vaccinations continue to provide good protection against the more serious forms of the disease.


Ministerial working group on COVID-19 proposes measures to curb worsening epidemic situation

7.1.2022 22.56

In its first meeting on Friday 7 January, the ministerial working group on COVID-19 was briefed on the epidemiological situation, the spread of the Omicron variant, the burden on and capacity of the healthcare system, and the progress of vaccinations.


Nearly 39,000 new COVID-19 cases in Finland, burden on hospital care still alarming

4.1.2022 15.24

Around 38,700 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the past seven days, between 26 December 2021 and 1 January 2022, compared to around 19,600 new cases in the previous week.

On 4 January 2022, the total number of confirmed cases of the Omikron variant was 363. The overall burden on hospital care has risen, while the need for intensive care has stayed at its high level.


Positive COVID-19 tests on rise, accounting for 10.7 per cent of all tests last week

28.12.2021 16.40

Around 16,200 new COVID-19 cases were reported between 20 and 26 December, while in the previous week the number of new cases in Finland was around 13,800.

On 29 December, the total number of confirmed cases of the Omikron variant was 172. The burden on hospital care and intensive care remained stable over the Christmas holidays.


Government decides on new COVID-19 restrictions

21.12.2021 23.55

In its negotiations on Tuesday 21 December, the Government discussed the COVID-19 situation and decided on new restrictions and other necessary measures.

In addition to increasing vaccination coverage, effective national and regional measures to limit close contacts are needed to slow down the spread of the epidemic. 


COVID-19 infections continue to increase – especially burden on intensive care has increased throughout the country

21.12.2021 14.15

Around 13,400 new COVID-19 cases were reported between 13 and 19 December, while in the previous week the number of new cases in Finland was around 10,600. On 20 December, the total number of confirmed cases of the Omikron variant was 83. The burden on hospital care and, in particular, intensive care is increasing.


Over 10,500 new COVID-19 cases recorded in Finland last week

15.12.2021 15.37

More than 10,500 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in Finland between 6 and 12 December. The incidence of new infections continued to increase over the last 14-day period, standing at 360 per 100,000 inhabitants at the end of last week. About 145,000 tests are carried out weekly.

On 15 December 2021, the total number of confirmed cases of the Omicron variant in Finland was 34. In addition, preliminary screening tests indicate that cases of the Omicron variant are clearly increasing. The need for hospital and intensive care remains considerably high throughout the country.


About 9,400 new COVID-19 cases reported last week, burden on intensive care doubled from late October

8.12.2021 15.36

Nearly 9,400 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Finland between 29 November and 5 December. The weekly number of reported COVID-19 cases has doubled from the end of October and the start of November. The number of new cases was about 4,200 between 25 and 31 October and about 5,200 between 1 and 7 November.

The number of people seeking testing has also been increasing for several weeks now. The burden on specialised healthcare has remained at the same high level since the start of October, and the burden on intensive care has doubled from the end of October.

Live recording of the press confrence on 9.12. (in Finnish) | YouTube


Number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise, intensive care strained

2.12.2021 11.34

The number of new COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Finland. More than 8,000 new COVID-19 cases were reported between 22 and 28 November, which is more than 500 cases higher than in the previous week. The incidence of new COVID-19 cases over the last two-week period (15–28 November) was 279 per 100,000 inhabitants. 


Number of COVID-19 cases and testing volumes are increasing and need for hospital care remains high

25.11.2021 11.00

The number of new COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Finland. Approximately 7,200 new cases were reported between 15 and 21 November. At the end of October, over 4,000 cases were reported weekly, and during the latest reporting period, between 15 and 21 November, over 7,000 cases. This is over 3,000 cases more on a weekly level. The weekly number of COVID-19 patients admitted to intensive care has nearly tripled over the past three weeks.

Live recording of the press confrence on 25.11. (in Finnish) | YouTube


Nearly 80.6 per cent of people aged 12 or over have been vaccinated twice — burden on specialised healthcare and case numbers are increasing

17.11.2021 13.48

On 17 November, 86.2 per cent of the target population for COVID-19 vaccination in Finland, i.e. people who are 12 years of age or over, had received at least their first vaccine dose and 80.6 per cent also their second vaccine dose.

Between 11 and 17 November, the uptake of the first vaccine dose grew by 0.2 percentage points and the uptake of the second dose by 0.6 percentage points.

Live recording of the press conference (in Finnish) | YouTube


Two-dose COVID-19 vaccination rate reaches 79 per cent for people aged 12 or over — number of infections is high while burden on specialised healthcare has not increased

4.11.2021 9.00

On 3 November, 86 per cent of the target population for COVID-19 vaccination in Finland, i.e. people who are 12 years of age or over, had received at least one vaccine dose and 79 per cent two vaccine doses.

According to the current estimate, Finland will achieve 80 per cent vaccination coverage by the end of this week.

Live recording of the press conference (in Finnish) | YouTube


Two-dose COVID-19 vaccination rate reaches 78 per cent for people aged 12 or over – epidemiological situation remains essentially unchanged

27.10.2021 14.22

On 27 October, 85 per cent of the target population for COVID-19 vaccination in Finland, i.e. people who are 12 years of age or over, had received at least one vaccine dose and 78 per cent two vaccine doses.

According to the current estimate, it is possible to achieve 80 per cent vaccination coverage at the beginning of November, between 1 and 7 November or between 8 and 14 November, if the increase in the vaccine uptake does not slow down.

Live recording of the press conference on 28 October (in Finnish) | YouTube


Two-dose COVID-19 vaccination rate reaches 76 per cent for people aged 12 or over – burden on specialised healthcare remains substantial

20.10.2021 17.29

On 20 October, 85 per cent of the target population for COVID-19 vaccination in Finland, i.e. people who are 12 years of age or over, had received at least one vaccine dose and 76 per cent two vaccine doses.

According to the current estimate, it is possible to achieve 80 per cent vaccination coverage by the first week of November, if the increase in the vaccine uptake does not slow down.

Live recording of the press confrence on 21 October (in Finnish) | YouTube


COVID-19 passport can be introduced, provisions on entry into the country to remain in force

15.10.2021 19.51

The EU Digital COVID Certificate will be introduced nationally. In practice, this means that in Finland the COVID-19 passport can be used in situations and premises which are subject to restrictions.

In accordance with the current COVID-19 restrictions, the COVID-19 passport can currently be required by restaurants in areas which are subject to COVID-19 restrictions. It is possible to introduce the COVID-19 passport more widely if restrictions need to be imposed on other areas, too.

The COVID-19 passport refers to the EU Digital COVID Certificate, which is available in the My Kanta Pages (a vaccination certificate, a test certificate or a certificate of recovery).


Number of COVID-19 patients in hospital care continues to rise — 74 per cent of people aged 12 or over have been vaccinated twice

14.10.2021 9.15

On 13 October, 85 per cent of the target population for COVID-19 vaccination in Finland, i.e. people who are 12 years of age or over, had received at least one vaccine dose and 74 per cent two vaccine doses.

According to the current estimate, it is still possible to achieve 80 per cent vaccination coverage by the end of October, if the increase in the vaccine uptake does not slow down.

Live recording of the press conference on 14 October (in Finnish) | YouTube


Numbers of COVID-19 cases and hospital patients rising, with majority being unvaccinated

6.10.2021 16.47

On 6 October, 84 per cent of the target population for COVID-19 vaccination in Finland, i.e. people who are 12 years of age or over, had received at least one vaccine dose and 72 per cent had received two doses.

According to the current estimate, it is possible to achieve 80 per cent vaccination coverage by the end of October, if the increase in the vaccine uptake does not slow down.

Live recording of the press conference | YouTube


Nearly 70 per cent of people aged 12 or over have been vaccinated twice

30.9.2021 10.00

In Finland, 83.8 per cent of the target population for COVID-19 vaccination, i.e. people who are 12 years of age or over, have received at least their first vaccine dose, and 69.7 per cent also their second vaccine dose.

Between 22 and 29 September, the uptake of the first vaccine dose grew by 0.4 percentage points and the uptake of the second dose by 2.5 percentage points.

Live recording of the press conference 30.9. (in Finnish) | Youtube


Slow decrease in COVID-19 infections – burden on specialised healthcare remains the same

16.9.2021 10.34

The number of new COVID-19 cases has been on a slow decline for the past four weeks. The total number of new cases reported between 6 and 12 September was 3,119. This is about 750 cases fewer than the week before.

The epidemic continues to spread especially among unvaccinated 20–49-year-olds.

Live recording of the press confrence on 16.9. | YouTube


National strategy for COVID-19 testing and tracing updated to target testing and tracing more accurately

14.9.2021 12.51

In future, COVID-19 testing will primarily focus on unvaccinated people who have been exposed to the virus and are experiencing symptoms and on vaccinated people who still continue to be at risk of serious illness from COVID-19. This is stated in the national strategy for COVID-19 testing and tracing updated by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.

Live recording of the press conference (in Finnish) | Youtube