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The Finland National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) reported today on 11 new Omicron variant cases being confirmed.

Infections have been diagnosed in the areas of the Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District (HUS), the South Karelia Social and Health District (Eksote) and the hospital districts of Southwest Finland and Vaasa.

To date, a total of 20 confirmed omicron variant infections have been reported in Finland. In addition to the HUS area, South Karelia, Southwest Finland and Vaasa, infections have been reported in North Savo. Local authorities identify those exposed and take control measures in areas of the hospital districts.

Some of the new cases now identified are related to those previously reported. The majority of infections are related to travel. In two of the new cases, the infected have no travel history or known connection to previous cases.