FHI believes the epidemic in Norway is still under control

Camilla Stoltenberg - FHIPhoto: Vidar Ruud / NTB

A total of 2,965 new cases of infection were registered in Norway last week, an increase of 32% from the previous week. According to the FHI, the epidemic is still under control.

The number of reported cases has increased in the last three weeks, after six weeks of a stable infection trend. So far, 2,965 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in week 31, an increase of 32% since week 30. 

According to the report, that amounts to 97 reported cases per 100,000 inhabitants for weeks 30 and 31 combined.

According to the National Institute of Public Health (FHI), the epidemic in Norway is under control, but the spread of infection is increasing in several parts of the country. The incidence is increasing in all age groups but is still highest among teenagers and younger adults.

“Even though there has now been an increase in the number of cases, and the delta variant is dominant, we consider it unlikely that the epidemic will be as large as in previous waves or that the hospitals’ capacity will be strained,” the FHI wrote in the report.

Over 1,100 fully vaccinated people infected

According to the report, 1,137 fully vaccinated people have been diagnosed with coronavirus in Norway. 

Out of the total, 35 of them are hospitalized with COVID-19 as the main reason for hospitalization. Of the 35, 29 people belong to risk groups with a high or moderate risk of a serious course of COVID-19.

Among the fully vaccinated people diagnosed with the infection, 23 COVID-19-associated deaths have been registered. That includes both deaths where people die from and with COVID-19, the FHI noted.

Most cases in Vestland

The infection figures show that Vestland has the most reported cases per 100,000 inhabitants for weeks 30 and 31 combined. There, the number amounts to 187 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. 

Møre og Romsdal is in second place(150), and Oslo is in thirds (126). Last week, there was an increase in the number of reported cases per 100,000 inhabitants in Vestland, Viken, Oslo, Rogaland, Trøndelag, Innlandet, and Nordland.

The incidence of new hospital admissions and intensive care units is still low, but the number of new hospital admissions increased last week. Last week, 29 new admissions were reported. There has been a stable and low incidence of deaths in the last 14 weeks. 

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