FHI: Norway could see more hospital admissions during the autumn and winter

Camilla StoltenbergPhoto: Martin Solhaug Standal / NTB

Corona infection numbers are declining, but there is uncertainty about the development through the rest of the autumn and winter, the FHI believes. The institute says there may be an increase in hospital admissions.

The combination of an uncertain corona situation and a possible simultaneous increase in other respiratory infections worries the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI).

“The municipalities must continue vaccination with full force, prepare for simplifications in the management of the epidemic, and be prepared for a possible increase in COVID-19 again and a simultaneous increase of other respiratory infections,” the FHI wrote in its weekly report for week 40.

According to the report, the incidence of respiratory symptoms in the population is high and increasing, and consultations with a doctor for acute respiratory infections have also increased in recent weeks.

Infection and hospitalization figures are down

The FHI further writes that there has been a decrease in the number of new patients admitted to hospitals in recent weeks but that this decrease has slowed somewhat in the last two weeks.

“There are currently reports of 53 new patients admitted to hospitals with COVID-19 as the main cause in week 40,” the FHI noted.

The infection is also going down, for the fifth week in a row, after the peak in week 35.

“3,000 cases of COVID-19 have so far been reported in week 40, a 14% decrease since week 39 (3,480),” the FHI added.

It emphasized that the decline is mainly due to a sharp decline in reported cases among young people under the age of 20 but pointed out that there have been major changes in the testing strategy throughout the autumn.

“Data on reported cases are therefore not directly comparable over time,” it wrote. 

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