Finland turns red on European Covid map

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has red-listed Finland in its latest coronavirus update.

Finland's national Covid pass can be downloaded from the OmaKanta medical portal. Image: Timo Jaakonaho / Lehtikuva

Finland went from yellow to red (siirryt toiseen palveluun) in the ECDC's situation report this week. Red countries indicate 75 to 200 new Covid infections per 100,000 inhabitants and a test positivity rate of four percent or more over the past 14 days.

This means that the European agency does not recommend travel to Finland due to the deteriorating coronavirus situation.

Other red zones induce Germany, Ireland and northern areas of Norway.

In Europe, dark red zones are occupied by the Baltic countries and Romania, which have incidence rates of around 900 per 100,000 residents.

The Finnish institute for health and welfare (THL) has reported Finland’s Covid incidence rate to be around 140 per 100,000, whereas Sweden’s figure is 80.

On Saturday HUS' Director of Diagnostic Services, Lasse Lehtonen, told Ilta-Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun) that Finland was in a fifth wave of the pandemic, causing hospitals in the Helsinki and Uusimaa district to delay non-urgent care.