New corona infections were reported on Thursday, 188. In the last two weeks, 2,622 new infections have been reported, which is 219 less than in the previous two weeks.

A total of 15,566 infections have been reported in Finland.

There are an estimated 11,300 improvements.

The growth of coronavirus infections in Finland seems to have reversed, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health (STM) and the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) said in their weekly progress report on Thursday.

The incidence of new disease cases, the number of samples tested, and the proportion of positive samples in the samples tested have remained at about the same level nationwide for a couple of weeks.

However, it is not possible to lull the permanence of the situation, THL's director Mika Salminen pointed out at the press conference.

- It is now worth continuing the measures that have been taken in different areas in order to be able to maintain this situation, Salminen said.

Salminen: Family celebrations should be considered twice

The source of the infection in more and more cases was identified last week.

The source of the infection remained unclear in about 35–40% of new infections.

Tracking work has been particularly smooth in the Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District (Hus).

Of the infections from which the source was identified, 60 percent occurred in family circles and 15 percent in social situations in private life, such as parties and meetings with friends.

About 10 percent of infections were tracked for hobbies, as were jobs.

Significantly fewer infections directly related to restaurants were reported than before.

Due to the risk of infection, Salminen recommended to consider holding large family parties twice during the winter.

However, there is no actual recommendation.

Nationwide, infections are still most prevalent in younger age groups and young adults.

However, the share of older age groups has increased slightly in recent weeks.

Situations can change quickly

Regionally, situations can change quickly, the situation report emphasized.

According to STM and THL, regional, timely and sufficiently comprehensive measures are essential from the point of view of combating the epidemic, and they can calm the growth of the epidemic situation quickly.

In Vaasa, for example, the disease situation has subsided.

The epidemic situation is classified by region into baseline, acceleration phase and spread phase.

The Vaasa Hospital District is currently the only one in the spread phase.

Hus and the hospital districts of Kanta-Häme, Pirkanmaa and Southwest Finland are in the acceleration phase.

Southern Ostrobothnia has returned to the baseline level from the acceleration phase.

According to its own announcement, Åland is also in an accelerating phase.

However, according to THL's assessment, the area is at a basic level.