FHI: Corona infection figures in Norway increased by 58% last week

Line VoldPhoto: Berit Roald / NTB

A total of 6,943 cases of COVID-19 were reported last week, which is an increase of 58% from the week before, the National Institute of Public Health (FHI) writes in its weekly report.

A total of 105 new hospitalized corona patients have been reported so far in week 43. 

There have been major changes in the authorities’ testing strategy throughout the autumn. Therefore, the figures are not directly comparable over time.

Most infection among young people

The number of registered corona deaths has increased in the last two weeks. Sixteen corona deaths have so far been reported in week 43, an increase from eleven deaths the week before. Up to and including October 31, a total of 917 corona deaths have been reported to the FHI.

If you look at the population, there is most infection among children and young people. In the age group 6–12 years, there are 341.3 cases of infection per 100,000 people. That corresponds to 1,513 people. The age group 13–19 years is in second place, with 232.3 cases per 100,000, people – 1,035 infected people.

Troms og Finnmark 

By county, most infection cases have been reported in Troms og Finnmark, followed by Oslo, Trøndelag, and Viken. There was an increase in reported cases in all counties last week.

“The increase is greatest in the larger cities. This is not unexpected, as this is where the frequency of contact is highest.

“In addition, we see an increase in infection in the north that challenges the health service capacity there, which requires special measures in the municipalities with major outbreaks in that part of the country,” department director Line Vold at the FHI warned.

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