Government press conferences

COVID-19 continues to circulate through population but vaccines provide effective protection against severe forms of disease Duplicate 1

24.3.2022 10.31

The virus that causes COVID-19 continues to circulate through the population. However, vaccines provide effective protection against severe forms of the disease. It is particularly important that people aged 60 or over and those belonging to risk groups get a third vaccine dose. As the restrictions are eased, the focus will be on people’s own measures to prevent the spread of infections.


COVID-19 continues to circulate through population but vaccines provide effective protection against severe forms of disease

10.3.2022 15.31

The virus that causes COVID-19 continues to circulate through the population. However, vaccines provide effective protection against severe forms of the disease. It is particularly important that people aged 60 or over and those belonging to risk groups get a third vaccine dose. As the restrictions are eased, the focus will be on people’s own measures to prevent the spread of infections.


Press conference on the coronavirus situation on 24th February - cancelled

23.2.2022 15.34

COVID-19 update from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare on the 24th February has been cancelled. 


COVID-19 epidemic stabilising, need for hospital care still high

16.2.2022 15.31

The COVID-19 epidemic has stabilised over the past few weeks. The need for hospital care has remained at a high but stable level and the burden on intensive care at the same level as the week before.

It is recommended that everyone aged 18 years or over takes a third vaccine dose, but it is particularly important that people aged 60 or over and those belong to risk groups get a third dose. As the restrictions are eased, the focus will be on people’s own measures to prevent the spread of infections. 


COVID-19 situation remains essentially unchanged

9.2.2022 13.27

The need for hospital care due to COVID-19 has stayed at a high but stable level for two weeks now. The burden on intensive care has reduced considerably since mid-January. Getting a third vaccine dose is an important way of preventing the more serious forms of the disease and curbing the burden on hospital care.


Need for intensive care due to COVID-19 clearly declining in Finland

3.2.2022 8.31

It is particularly important that people aged 60 or over and those belonging to risk groups get a third vaccine dose.

On 2 February, there were 343 inpatients in specialised healthcare, while on 26 January, the number was 350. On 2 February, the total number of patients in intensive care was 38, compared to 48 in the week before. 


Government to update COVID-19 strategy – restrictions to be lifted gradually taking into account epidemiological situation

2.2.2022 17.00

In its meeting on Wednesday 2 February, the Government was briefed on the current epidemiological situation, discussed updates to its COVID-19 strategy and assessed the lifting of restrictions. The Government also decided on preparations for updating the COVID-19 passport.


Ministerial working group proposes easing COVID-19 restrictions

27.1.2022 22.14

On 27 January, the Government’s Ministerial Working Group on COVID-19 received an update on the epidemiological situation and the authorities’ assessments of its development. The ministerial working group proposes changes to the restrictions on restaurants and low-risk facilities and events.

Live recording of the press confrence on 27.1.2022 (in Finnish) | YouTube


Weekly total of new COVID-19 cases 52,000 in Finland, need for intensive care declining

26.1.2022 13.58

The estimated weekly total of COVID-19 cases was 52,000 in Finland between 17 and 23 January, compared to 57,000 in the previous week.

Despite a fall in the number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care, the burden on other specialised healthcare has remained unchanged at the national level. It is particularly important that people aged 60 or over and those belonging to risk groups get a third vaccine dose.


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