Fewer Norwegians are testing themselves for corona, and the health institute doesn’t know why

Camilla StoltenbergPhoto: Vidar Ruud / NTB

The National Institute of Public Health (FHI) has no explanation for why fewer people are testing themselves for coronavirus during the second wave.

The FHI sees signs that the infection rates for COVID-19 are flattening out, but at the same time, there is a clear decrease in the number of people being tested.

According to the latest weekly report for week 47, a total of 135,720 people have tested themselves, a decrease of 16% from the week before.

“We do not quite know the reason,” section leader Karoline Bragstad in the section for influenza and other airborne infections at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health told Nettavisen on Friday.

At the press conference about the corona situation on Wednesday, FHI director Camilla Stoltenberg said that the decline in infection numbers might be related to fewer people getting tested.

After a significant increase in infection in recent months, first slowly and then quickly, in week 47, for the first time in a long time, the FHI saw a lower number of new cases of infection compared to the week before.

“In week 47, the number was lower for the first time than the week before. It is the first time since the first half of October that we see that,” Stoltenberg said.


1 Comment on "Fewer Norwegians are testing themselves for corona, and the health institute doesn’t know why"

  1. So where do we go to get tested?

    I think I may have had it at the very start of February – it was something more than my biennial chronic bronchial pneumonia which has tried to kill me since I was 8 – but I kept ahead of it with my “dynamic coughing” which I found out on Washington Post is a longtime medical technique termed Postural Drainage. (Epidemics sometimes send out scouts ahead of the main germ army. This was before I started facemasking when out in public in mid-March.)

    So I would like to be tested to see if I have already had it.

    I’m 73, and I live near Lillestrøm. Where do I go?

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