Government press conferences



COVID-19 epidemic continues to subside in Finland — combating epidemic also important in summertime

16.6.2021 16.52

The COVID-19 epidemic has continued to subside throughout Finland within the last two weeks. However, there is still regional variation in the development of the epidemic, as the incidence of COVID-19 cases is higher in some areas of southern Finland than in the rest of the country. Overall, the COVID-19 situation is calm, with most areas recording only a small number of new cases. 

Live recording of the press conference on 17th June | YouTube


COVID-19 cases continue to fall

9.6.2021 16.11

The number of COVID-19 cases is decreasing in Finland, with most areas recording only a small number of new cases. The incidence of COVID-19 cases is higher in some areas of southern Finland than in the rest of the country. However, the epidemic has also continued to slow down in densely populated areas.

Live recording of the press conference on 10th June | YouTube


COVID-19 cases decreasing in Finland week by week

2.6.2021 16.08

The COVID-19 situation has improved noticeably in Finland over the past week. There are, however, major regional differences in the development of the epidemic. The incidence of COVID-19 is still higher in southern and southwestern Finland and Central Ostrobothnia than in the rest of the country. The development of the epidemic has, nevertheless, slowed down in many areas.

 

Live recording of the press conference on 3rd June | Youtube
Photos of the press conference on 3rd June | Flickr


Development of the epidemic remains stable nationally, but there are regional differences

27.5.2021 8.34

The epidemiological situation has remained stable in Finland in the past few weeks. The number of new COVID-19 cases took a sharp downward turn in late March, which levelled out in late April. Since then the number of new cases has remained stable.

Live recording of the press conference on 27th May | YouTube 


Press conference on the coronavirus situation on 20th May

20.5.2021 12.15

COVID-19 update from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.

Strategic director Liisa-Maria Voipio-Pulkki from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, director Mika Salminen from the Finnish Institute For Health and senior medical officer Sanna Ylisomppi were present at the press conference.

Photos | Flickr
Video | Youtube


Nationwide COVID-19 restrictions to be eased — biggest changes in areas in acceleration phase

10.5.2021 10.32

On 10 May 2021, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health made the decision to discontinue the nationwide tiers of COVID-19 prevention measures. Going forward, COVID-19 prevention in Finland will focus on regional restrictions and recommendations.

Live recording of the press conference on 10th April | YouTube


COVID-19 situation improving in Finland with no increase in number of people requiring hospital care

5.5.2021 15.10

The number of new COVID-19 cases continued to decline between 26 April and 2 May although the rate of decline slowed down slightly. The regional differences in the development of the epidemic have also evened out to some extent. The number of people getting tested is commendably high. It is expected that the need for hospital care will decrease slowly.

Live recording of the press conference on 6th May | YouTube




Downward trend in COVID-19 infections has continued for several weeks

22.4.2021 12.30

Over the past five weeks, the number of new COVID-19 cases has clearly declined. This is a good sign indicating that the epidemic is calming down in Finland. The current restrictions and recommendations and the closure of businesses serving food and beverages have clearly been effective and prevented infections.

Strategic Director Liisa-Maria Voipio-Pulkki from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, senior medical officer Otto Helve from the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare and director Pasi Pohjola from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health were present at the press conference.

Images of the presentation 22.4.2021 | Flickr
Live recording of the press conference 22.4.2021 | Youtube


Government adopts plan to lift COVID-19 restrictions

21.4.2021 9.40

At its meeting on 20 April, the Government adopted a plan to lift the restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 epidemic. The Government discussed the feedback received on the plan and made clarifications based on the comments.

Prime Minister Sanna Marin, Minister of Science and Culture Annika Saarikko, Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson, Minister of the Interior Maria Ohisalo and Minister of Education Jussi Saramo were present at the press conference. 

Recording of the press conrefence 21.4. | Youtube
Government plan for lifting the restrictions imposed due to COVID-19 | in Finnish
Statements from organisations and associations


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

14.4.2021 15.06

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

9.4.2021 9.45

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

Government plan for lifting the restrictions imposed due to COVID-19
Press conference presenatation material 9.4.
Recording of the press conference 9.4 | YouTube
Press conference photos 9.4. | Flickr


Downward trend in COVID-19 infections – positive trend can be kept by continuing with restrictions long enough

8.4.2021 10.01

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.

Recording of the press conference 8th april


Number of coronavirus infections down on previous week – strict restrictions still necessary

1.4.2021 7.20

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.

Recording of the press conference


Slight decrease in COVID-19 cases compared to last week — need for care remains high

25.3.2021 10.30

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

19.3.2021 15.38

Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare has suspended the use of AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine after recording two cases of unusual blood clotting on the brain.

Press conference 19.3. 
Press release 19.3. | THL (in Finnish)


New COVID-19 cases reported in large numbers between 8 and 14 March

18.3.2021 8.37

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.

Recording of the press conference