According to figures the newspaper Aftenposten has received, about 45% of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 were born abroad or had foreign-born parents.
The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI) has given the newspaper access to an overview from the start of the pandemic in February last year to the beginning of June this year.
Of the 118,767 people who tested positive for COVID-19 in Norway, 53,615 were born abroad or had foreign-born parents. The two groups make up around 20% of the population.
For hospital admissions with COVID-19, the trend is similar. 2,454 of 5,449 hospitalized corona patients were born abroad or had foreign-born parents.
According to the FHI, the overrepresentation cannot be significantly explained by differences in occupation, medical risk groups, education, or household income separately. Still, the factors as a whole have a certain level of significance.
At the same time, the FHI highlights language barriers and lower trust in the authorities as possible reasons, in addition to travel abroad.
Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews
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