According to Taneli Puumalainen, the chief physician at the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, it’s too early to tell if the Easter celebrations have affected the ongoing pandemic.

Taneli Puumalainen, the chief physician at the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare. Photograph: Lauri Heikkinen/The Finnish Government

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) reports 429 new coronavirus infections in Finland on Thursday.

Altogether, there are 80,845 confirmed coronavirus infections in Finland.

862 people have died from complications related to the virus.

THL noted in a press conference on Thursday morning that the number of new coronavirus infections started declining before Easter, and this downward trend is continuing.

The incidence of new cases is about 133 per 100,000 inhabitants during the last two weeks.

The current restrictions and recommendations and the closure of food and beverage businesses, according to THL, seem to have slowed down the spread of the epidemic.

According to Taneli Puumalainen, the chief physician at THL, it’s, however, too early to tell if the Easter celebrations have affected the ongoing pandemic.

New numbers revealed next week will tell.