The authorities are concerned about the increase in the number of infections – they promise a new gradation of the epidemic’s spread levels
Recently, current levels of epidemiological threat have been criticized for not taking into account the number of hospitalizations.
Since mid-June, the weekly number of infected has quadrupled, according to the THL Department of Health and Social Development. Last week, 2210 new cases were recorded, yesterday – 453. Growth has been maintained for about a month. The virus reproduction index is now at around 1.0-1.25.
At the same time, due to the ongoing vaccination of the population, the number of patients with a severe form of the disease did not increase in proportion to the number of infected. During the week, not a single death from coronavirus was recorded. The authorities, however, are concerned about the general epidemiological situation. Especially cases of infection have become more frequent among people aged 20 to 35 years. About 60 percent of new cases in the past week were in individuals between the ages of 10 and 29.
In some regions due to the fact that the coronavirus is spreading at public events among young people, the services for tracking the chains of infection were overloaded. There are now more than 6,000 people in quarantine appointed by the authorities, while there were less than 5,000 of them the week before last.
Today, Head of the Health Safety Department of the THL Health and Social Development Department Mika Salminen said in an interview with Radio Suomi that the scale of the epidemic will change in the coming months. According to him, the Ministry of Social Health is developing a scale that will better take into account the number of hospitalized due to covid. The current grading has been criticized for taking into account mostly only the number of infections, and the recent increase in infections has not led to an increase in hospital admissions.