30 new coronavirus infections have been confirmed in Finland over the weekend, according to the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL.

The number of coronavirus infections in Finland on March 15, 2020. Illustration: THL

The total number of confirmed coronavirus infections is now 241.

These numbers are not necessarily accurate as all possible coronavirus infections are not going to be tested anymore.

During the weekend the Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District said in a statement that “people who are having mild respiratory tract infection symptoms but who are otherwise feeling fine, should not call to the health care centers or to the Medical Helpline even if one would be suspecting a coronavirus infection.”

Exceptions include people with flu symptoms and are 70 years of age and people with flu symptoms who have returned from Italy or Austria’s Tirol.

According to Eeva Ruotsalainen, the deputy chief physician of the infectious diseases department at the Helsinki University Hospital, the new rules are based on focusing the limited resources of sampling to groups who have the highest risk of catching the virus.

The criteria for sampling are being updated regularly based on the current situation.

Over the weekend the Hospital District of Southwest Finland also announced that it will start following a similar coronavirus testing policy:

“If you have mild respiratory tract infection symptoms, stay at home to rest and recuperate. Stay home until the symptoms go away. If you experience severe symptoms or if your overall condition gets worse call your own health center first. You can also get instructions and counseling from Tyks (Turku University Hospital) Acute’s help desk. It is very important to always call before leaving for emergency services.”