FHI: Last week, Norway registered its first week in eight months without a corona-related death

Camilla StoltenbergPhoto: Berit Roald / NTB

Last week, no corona-related deaths were recorded in Norway. That is the first week without corona-related deaths since October last year.

“This is very gratifying. It is a result of what we have done together,” Minister of Health Bent Høie (H) told NTB at Wednesday’s corona press conference.

Preliminary figures from the National Institute of Public Health’s (FHI) new weekly report, presented on Wednesday, show that no corona-related deaths were registered last week – something that hasn’t happened since week 42 of 2020. 

“People are still very good at following rules, even though we experience less infection in many local communities. In addition, this is a result of the fact that we have reached what we wanted in the vaccination (process),” Høie said.

No new admissions to intensive care units

A total of 792 corona-related deaths have been registered in Norway so far.

Oslo is the county with the highest frequency of corona-related deaths registered, with 30.1 per 100,000 inhabitants. 

There were also no new admissions to the hospitals’ intensive care units last week.

R-number: 0.7

In the weekly report, the FHI also writes that the number of cases of infection, after several weeks of decline, in the previous week remained stable compared to the week before. A total of 1,226 corona cases were reported last week, compared with 1,219 in week 23.

The number of cases of the delta variant has increased from 50 cases up to week 21 to 240 cases up to and including the previous week.

Last week, the number of entries to Norway increased. At the same time, the proportion of positive tests on arrival fell by 0.03% to 0.05%.

The FHI estimates that the R-number has averaged 0.7 since May 20. That means that an average of one hundred infected people will spread the infection to 70 new people, which means the total number of infected people will decrease over time.

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1 Comment on "FHI: Last week, Norway registered its first week in eight months without a corona-related death"

  1. GREAT news! WELL done, FHI and Norway’s government! 🙂

    I am concerned about many people who have stopped wearing facemasks on busses, though.

    And there was a report out that some people who had been vaccinated still got COVID (in the States?).

    So we should not let our guard down.

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