Finland announces first Covid-related death of a child

The young patient died following hospitalisation last weekend. 

Covid infections among children are becoming increasingly common. Image: Arash Matin / Yle

A primary school student has died in the Ostrobothian city of Laihia, after being diagnosed with Covid. This is the first case of a coronavirus-related death of a child in Finland.

It is still unclear whether the young student's death was directly caused by the virus. Laihia Education Director Markku Laukkonen confirmed that the child was at elevated risk from coronavirus.

"A sad incident that has deeply shocked me," Laukkonen said of the death.

Parents and students at the Laihia school have been informed of the incident via a message on the Wilma system.

The story was first published by Vaasa local paper Ilkka Pohjalainen (siirryt toiseen palveluun) on Wednesday.