In Finland, 12 new coronavirus-related deaths and 217 new infections were reported on Tuesday, the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) said.

Due to the coronavirus, there are 141 people in hospital, of whom 24 are in intensive care.

New infection rates have been moderate in recent days compared to November-December, when infection rates increased alarmingly.

According to THL director Mika Salminen, the direction is good.

- The epidemic situation is currently under control in a way.

The goal is to at least stay in this state or go down.

However, the epidemic is not so well under control that we could say the situation is over.

Caution is needed as long as it is winter or until a large portion of the population has been vaccinated.

There is a risk that the epidemic will accelerate, Salminen tells Ilta-Sanomat.

In the previous two weeks, 3,504 infections have been diagnosed, which is three more infections than in the previous two weeks.

During the entire pandemic, a total of 40,722 infections have been diagnosed in Finland. A total of 633 corona-related deaths have been reported so far.

To date, a total of 86 cases of modified coronavirus have been identified. Of these, 80 are modified virus types detected in the UK and six virus types detected in South Africa.

During the previous two weeks, the highest number of corona infections in relation to the population has been detected in the hospital districts of Helsinki and Uusimaa (Hus), Southwest Finland and Vaasa.

The lowest number of infections is in the hospital districts of Central Ostrobothnia, Eastern Savonia and Satakunta.

According to THL, there are currently almost 56,000 people receiving the coronary vaccine.

Professor Mika Rämet, director of the Vaccine Research Center, proposed halving the booster dose of the coronavirus vaccine to alleviate the problem of vaccine availability, says Helsingin Sanomat.

- The defense response is effectively increased even with a lower dose of vaccine, and now it would be important to protect all residents of nursing homes so that mortality from coronary heart disease can be kept as low as possible, Rämet tells the newspaper.

THL's chief physician Hanna Nohynek considers Rämet's proposal to be a sensible option for resolving the vaccine shortage.

- It's a smart idea and can be considered, but research is needed before it can be widely recommended, Nohynek tells HS.

Crown infections imported from abroad are increasing in Southwest Finland, where 15–20 per cent of the corona infections at the beginning of the year originated from abroad.

- In week 2, the tests showed 36 infections imported from abroad.

A total of seven variants of the coronavirus have been identified in the hospital district of Southwest Finland.

Infections brought from outside the borders are a major engine of the epidemic, and with the variants, the threat of the epidemic spreading is great, says Mikko Pietilä, Chief Medical Officer of the Hospital District of Southwest Finland.

Turku's figures are raised by the corona cases that emerged in connection with the border tests, even though the tested ones have not stayed in Turku or are not registered in the municipality.

In contrast, the number of infections from related parties and the same economy is declining slightly in the region.

According to a press release from Tampere University Central Hospital (Tays), the corona situation in the Pirkanmaa Hospital District is still in an accelerating phase and is currently slightly unstable.

The infections traced over the past week are mainly from abroad and from restaurants.

The burden on health care remains low.

The Pirkanmaa regional pandemic control group kept the local recommendations unchanged on Tuesday, but clarified the guidelines for children's and young people's hobbies.

In Pirkanmaa, the incidence of corona is 43 infections per 100,000 inhabitants based on the previous two weeks.

The percentage of positive infections among those tested at Fimlab last week was 2.1 percent.

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The Northern Ostrobothnia Regional Coordination Group outlined on 19 January.

meeting that the corona epidemic has returned in the region from the spread phase to the acceleration phase.

Infection rates have remained declining over the past week and the situation is calm in much of the province.

Only in the city of Oulu do the criteria for the spreading stage still be met in terms of incidence.

The infections now diagnosed come mainly from family circles and groups of friends, and there have also been some infections from the workplace.

Infections have mainly been traced and infection chains have been brought under control.

About 60 percent of new corona infections in the West Ostrobothnia Hospital District are of Swedish origin.

According to Jyri J. Taskila, Chief Medical Officer of the Hospital District, there is now a significant risk of infection during trips to Haparanda.

Four new cases of coronavirus have been reported in the Länsi-Pohja hospital district since yesterday.

The majority of these are related to cross-border interaction.

- In Haparanda, visiting shops or shopping is currently a significant risk for getting infected.

Sixty percent of last week’s infections came from the Swedish side.

In addition, 13% had follow-up infections from a cross-border infection.

13 percent of the infections came from Oulu, Taskila explains.

There were 15 new cases in West Ostrobothnia last week.

There have been a total of 414 cases.