Covid-19 cases increasing among the young

osloYoung people.Photo: Thomas Brun / NTB scanpix

The number of young people infected with Covid-19 is increasing in Norway. According to recent figures, most new cases of corona infection are among people between the ages of 20 and 29.

The statistics are from the Institute of Public Health (FHI).

In June, 106 people in this age group tested positive, according to figures from the Infectious Diseases Reporting System (MSIS).

“We do not think there is a large spread of Covid-19 in younger age groups in Norway, although there are more young people who are now diagnosed with infection than before,“ said Helena Niemi Eide, physician at FHI’s Department of Infection Prevention and Preparedness to TV 2 .

She emphasized that it is too early to say whether an increase in the number of infections is linked to the opening up of society. She added that a possible reason may be due to increased testing of people with mild symptoms.

At the end of March, the median age of infected was 51 years. By mid-June, the median had dropped to 32 years, writes NRK.

Deputy Health Director Espen Nakstad told the channel that he was not surprised by the numbers.

“This is probably because young people have mild symptoms, and thus may be in contact with other people while they are ill and continue to transmit the disease,” he said.

The US is also seeing a similar trend – especially in Florida, Texas and Arizona. There has been an increase in the incidence of infection among people under 40 after the various states began to reopen society, reported TV 2.

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