By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Finnish health officials report today 1,282 new cases of coronavirus were detected during the last week (June 28-July 4) and about 960 in the previous week (June 21-27). The number of infections has doubled since the previous two weeks: a total of 2,240 cases were reported in the last two weeks and 1,093 in the previous two weeks. The increase in the number of new infections is largely explained by the infections found in European Championship tourists.

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Infections from the European Championship race are now largely known and the necessary people have been quarantined. Hospital districts have reported to THL on July 6. To date, a total of 481 infection-related infections have been reported, of which 165 follow-on infections have been reported. Most of the infections have been diagnosed in the Helsinki and Uusimaa hospital districts. In week 25, more than 40% of the infections detected were directly related to the European Football Championship, and in week 26 the corresponding proportion was 15%.

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The epidemic situation has deteriorated in some areas. In addition to the European Football Championship tourism, the increased infection rates are explained by increased foreign tourism and border traffic, as well as the weakened epidemic situation in Russia, but there are also local infestations and infections from social contacts.

In some areas, infections are found especially among seasonal workers. Seasonal workers often work with each other and the activities are carefully instructed, which means that the cases have not led to extensive chains of infection in the areas.

As in the previous week, infections are most common in the 20-29 age group.

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Concerning hospital care, there were a total of 44 Covid-19 patients in hospital care on July 7, 2021, of which 7 were in primary care wards, 30 in specialist care wards, and 7 in intensive care wards. On 7 July 2021, a total of 976 deaths related to the disease were reported to the Infectious Diseases Register.

According to the records of the intensive care units, at week 26, eight new periods of intensive care for COVID-19 patients began. Compared to last week, the need for intensive care in Kuta has remained more or less unchanged.

Nationwide, about 61% of the population has received at least one dose of vaccine, and another dose 21%.

Due to the sharply deteriorating coronavirus situation in Russia and the new variants, THL recommends avoiding traveling to Russia altogether for the time being.