THL: ICU deaths down, 82% vaccine coverage

Some 53 patients are currently being treated in intensive care, the health authority announced during its weekly Covid briefing.

Around 18 percent of Covid patients treated in intensive care since the beginning of the pandemic have died, THL reports. Image: Antti Haanpää / Yle

In its weekly Covid briefing, the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) ran through the main points and numbers around Finland's Covid situation. In this article we round up the main points from the morning briefing.

The agency has scheduled a separate briefing later on Thursday focused on booster shots and giving the vaccine to children aged 5-11.

82% of population fully vaccinated

Finland has reached 82 percent vaccination coverage among those over 12 years of age, according to THL. Currently the third dose, also known as a booster shot, has been administered to 5.6 percent of the total population.

Infections up among children are up

The incidence rate among children under 12 has increased to 28 percent, THL reports. Some 15 percent of all coronavirus infections confirmed in Finland throughout the pandemic have been reported in children under 12 years of age.

According to THL Chief physician Otto Helve, however, cases among children are rarer than among adults. The senior doctor said that schools should focus on measures such as testing and quarantine, adding that infections in children are best prevented by curbing infections among adults.

ICU mortality rate down to 18%

THL estimates that the mortality rate of the some 1,200 patients treated in critical care since the beginning of the pandemic currently stands at 18 percent. In March, the equivalent figure was 21 percent. The majority of patients that end up in ICU are aged between 50 and 70. Some 53 Covid patients are currently being treated in intensive care in Finnish hospitals.

Åland and Central Finland enter community transmission phase

The regions of Åland and Central Finland have now been added to the list (siirryt toiseen palveluun)of areas classified in the 'community transmission' phase of the epidemic. Some eight regions have a positive rate of less than 4 percent while some of the busiest epidemic regions, report a test positivity rate of 10 percent.