At the national level, the number of new coronavirus infections is still small, even though there has been a slight increase in reported cases in July, according to the latest assessment of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL).
During the last monitoring period from July 27 to August 2, 2020, a total of 74 new cases were reported to the communicable diseases register. In the week before, the number of reported cases was 51, showing slight growth in the number of cases reported in the two previous weeks, 42 cases in the week beginning July 13 and 38 cases in the week beginning July 6.
Currently, the estimated basic reproduction number (RO) is 1.10–1.40, with a 90% probability interval.
The incidence of new cases during the week beginning July 27 was 1.3 per 100,000 inhabitants. The incidence was higher in the Hospital Districts of Satakunta, Helsinki and Uusimaa and Southwest Finland.
Some of the new cases are related to identified infection chains and clusters of cases that are being monitored, but the source of all infections is not known.
The infection chains of all new cases are tracked to prevent new infections as effectively as possible. The number of tests per week has increased by nearly 20%, being now at 619 tests per 100,000 inhabitants. The percentage of positive infections has remained small for several weeks, at only 0.2