By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The Finnish Department of Health and Welfare reported the number of new COVID-19 cases has increased by 56 percent during the week. In week 30 (July 26-August 1) a total of 4574 new cases were detected, compared to 2925 in the previous week.

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About 117,600 coronavirus tests were performed nationwide. The proportion of positive samples was 3.9 percent. More than a third of all infections were diagnosed in 20-29 year olds.

The two-week incidence of Covid-19 cases is now 135 per 100,000 inhabitants. The estimate of the effective infectivity rate is 1.35-1.40 (90% probability range), indicating further growth of the epidemic. Infections imported from abroad accounted for about 6 percent last week. 8,304 people were quarantined.

In Finland, about 66% of the population has received at least one dose of vaccine and 36% of the population has received full protection, ie two doses of vaccine. At the moment, the emphasis is on young adults and unvaccinated patients in need of hospital treatment. The burden of specialist care has increased over the past week.

According to the hospital districts’ own declaration, there were a total of 95 coronavirus patients in hospital care on 4 August 2021, of which 11 were in primary care wards, 69 in special care wards and 15 in intensive care units.