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.
Coronavirus situation rapidly worsening in Finland
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and Finnish Institute For Health and Welfare held a press conferense on the coronavirus situation on Thursday 10th December. Coronavirus situation is rapidly worsening in Finland
We also heard a series of scenarios drawn up for the Government examining potential developments in the epidemic and their social and economic impacts. The timeline of the scenarios extends from December 2020 until the end of June 2021.
Coronavirus situation worsening quickly across Finland
The coronavirus situation is rapidly worsening in Finland. Over the past two weeks, the number and incidence of cases has risen sharply in almost all regions. This development calls for an immediate and proactive response.
Regions must adopt new effective ways to prevent infections and introduce yet more restrictive measures to stop the upward trend.
COVID-19 infection rate rising at alarming speed in all hospital districts — infection rate highest in Greater Helsinki area
The COVID-19 situation has worsened almost throughout Finland but particularly in the Greater Helsinki area and the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa
Prime Minister Sanna Marin and Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services Krista Kiuru discussed the outcome of Wednesday's government meeting at a press briefing on Thursday 26 November. The briefing continuede with a COVID-19 update by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, with Permanent Secretary Kirsi Varhila from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and Finnish Institute for Health, Welfare Director Mika Salminen and Chief Medical Office Markku Mäkijärvi from Helsinki University Hospital in attendance.
Recording of the press conference 26th November I Youtube
Presentation materials 26th November (in finnish)
Photos from the 26th November event
Number and incidence of COVID-19 cases are on the rise
The number and incidence of new COVID-19 cases are increasing in Finland. Last week, the majority of the new cases were reported in the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa. Currently, there are so many new cases that the epidemiological situation can worsen rapidly across the country.
COVID-19 epidemic to continue — avoid infection by following given guidelines and recommendations
The current epidemiological situation is characterised by rapid regional developments. Finland still has good opportunities to keep the situation relatively stable by international comparison. This requires that people continue to stay alert and patiently follow the guidelines and recommendations issued by the authorities. We should not be lulled into thinking that the epidemic will end quickly.
COVID-19 case numbers rising again — retaining a low threshold for testing
The number and incidence of coronavirus cases have risen again compared to the past few weeks. While the national epidemiological situation has remained fairly stable for several weeks now, there are considerable regional differences. Getting tested is the key to curbing the spread of coronavirus.
Increased flexibility in restrictions on food and beverage service businesses based on the epidemiological situation in the region and the main activities of the business
The Government decided on 29 October to impose temporary restrictions on the activities of food and beverage service businesses as of 1 November 2020. The decree was adopted under the new temporary provisions of the Communicable Diseases Act and will remain in force until 15 December 2020.
Growth rate of new coronavirus cases stabilised
For the past month, the number of new COVID-19 infections has risen significantly in Finland, but now the growth rate seems to have slowed down. The percentage of positive samples of all tested samples has come down at national level compared to the previous week.
Some regions have been able to shorten the delays in the tracking of infections. At national level, however, the source of infection is unclear in roughly half of the new cases.
COVID-19 epidemic is clearly accelerating throughout almost all of Finland
The weekly number of new COVID-19 cases has increased significantly in Finland over the past month. The incidence of cases is growing sharply and the percentage of positive samples of those tested continues to increase. The source of infection is unknown in more than half of all new cases.
COVID-19 epidemic appears to continue accelerating — regional preventive measures play a key role
The weekly number of new coronavirus cases has increased significantly in Finland over the last month. Of the indicators defined in the hybrid strategy, the incidence of new cases both in the previous seven days and in the previous 14 days as well as the proportion of positive COVID-19 cases of all samples taken have grown at an alarming rate.
Over the past few weeks, more and more large domestic clusters of COVID-19 and mass exposures have been reported in Finland, and these have resulted in further infections. The epidemiological situation has deteriorated quickly particularly in the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa.
Government decides on temporary restrictions to the operations of food and beverage service businesses
On 29 September, the Government decided on temporary restrictions to the opening hours and alcohol sales hours of food and beverage service businesses in order to curb the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic. The Government will adopt the decree on the restrictions at an extraordinary session on 30 September.
In line with the decree, food and beverage service businesses may be open as of 4.00 and must be closed no later than 1.00. Alcohol sales may begin no earlier than 9.00 and must end no later than 24.00.
Government adopts resolution on implementing the hybrid strategy for border traffic and travel
In its session on 11 September, the Government adopted a resolution on a new operating model for implementing the hybrid strategy to manage COVID-19 in border traffic and travel. The operating model will make it possible to ease restrictions on entry while also combating the pandemic at the borders.
The Government will now categorise countries and regions with more than 25 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the previous 14 days as areas with a higher incidence.
The press briefing was attended by Minister of the Interior Maria Ohisalo, Minister of Transport and Communications Timo Harakka and Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä. Permanent Secretary Kirsi Pimiä, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare Director Mika Salminen, Tuomas Laosmaa from the Border Guard and Strategy Director Liisa-Maria Voipio-Pulkki from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health were also present.
Government discussed action plan to manage COVID-19
In its meeting today on 3 September, the Government discussed an action plan that will serve as a guideline for implementing the recommendations and restrictions set out in the hybrid strategy after the first phase of the COVID-19 epidemic. Following the meeting, the government plenary session issued a resolution authorising the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health to adopt the action plan.
Recording of the press conference | YouTube
COVID-19 situation as of 3 September 2020 (in Finnish)
Government resolution adopting an action plan for implementing recommendations and restrictive measures under the hybrid strategy following the first phase of the COVID-19 epidemic (available in Finnish and Swedish)
Press conference photos | Flickr
Koronavilkku has now been published
The Koronavilkku smartphone app has now been published to help break infection chains. You can now download Koronavilkku to your phone free of charge from the most popular app stores.
The app will allow people to participate in preventing the spread of the virus and to protect their own and their loved ones' health. Through the app, people exposed to the virus can be reached and infection chains can be stopped faster.