Government press conferences

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. 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.

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


Government to introduce powers necessary to manage COVID-19 with decrees on use of powers under Emergency Powers Act

5.3.2021 13.45

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.

Recording of the press conference 5.3. | YouTube
Photos 5.3. | Flickr


COVID-19 situation worsening quickly across Finland, with sharp rise in incidence of new cases

4.3.2021 8.11

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.

Recording of the press conference 4.3. | YouTube


Government decides on immediate transition to tier 2 of COVID-19 prevention and is prepared to declare a state of emergency

24.2.2021 23.12

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.

Phases of the COVID-19 epidemic and tiers of prevention measures | valtioneuvosto.fi
Recording of the press conference 25.2. | Youtube
Photos 25.2. | Flickr




Number of COVID-19 cases still high in Finland - tracing takes time but is effective

4.2.2021 12.39

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.   

Recording of the press conference



Government decides to supplement action plan for COVID-19 hybrid strategy

25.1.2021 16.15

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. 

Recording of the press conference 25.1. | Youtube
Photos | Flickr


Government decides to tighten border traffic

22.1.2021 21.00

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.

Recording of the 22th January press confrence I Youtube
Photos of the 22th January | Flickr




Fewer people were tested for coronavirus during Christmas week – Number of reported cases fell

31.12.2020 14.34

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.

Recording of the pressconference 29th December I Youtube
29th December presentation material