By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The number of new coronavirus cases has been growing for the fifth week in a row in Finland, according to Finnish health authorities. In week 29 (19–25 July), a total of 2,895 new cases were detected. The number of cases is almost 30% higher than in the previous week. About 116,600 coronavirus tests were performed nationwide, of which positive samples accounted for 2.5 percent.

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14-day incidence rates are on the rise in 19 hospital districts, i.e., almost nationwide. The two-week incidence of Covid-19 cases is now 93 per 100,000 inhabitants. The estimate of the effective infectivity rate has remained almost the same as last week at 1.05–1.25 (90% probability range), indicating further growth in the epidemic. Infections imported from abroad account for about 8 percent.

The epidemic continues to spread among young adults. At week 29, more than half of all infections were detected in 10–29-year-olds, particularly adolescents aged 18–21 years. 5,952 people were quarantined last week. Quarantine orders were issued at about the same rate as the previous week.

In Finland, about 65% of the population has received at least one dose of vaccine and 32% of the population has received full protection, ie two doses of vaccine. Thanks to coronavirus vaccinations, the need for hospital care is no longer growing at the same rate as before during the pandemic. This is due to the good vaccination coverage of risk groups. In the oldest age groups, coronary incidence and disease-related deaths have dropped to very low levels.

On July 28, 2021, there were a total of 57 coronavirus patients in hospital districts, according to the hospital districts’ own declaration, of which 3 were in primary care wards, 48 ​​in specialty wards, and 6 in intensive care units. Nationwide, the emphasis is on young adults and unvaccinated patients in need of hospital care.

Throughout the epidemic, a total of 982 deaths related to the disease have been reported by 28 July 2021.