New figures show that the death rate among corona infected in Norway is much lower than estimated by the World Health Organization (WHO).
In mid-April, the WHO reported that 6 per cent of all those with corona infections had died. In Norway, the figure was 2.62 per cent a week later, and now the mortality rate is as low as 0.2 per cent, writes Aftenposten.
Blood tests from nearly 400 people in the Oslo area show that fewer than two in a hundred have antibodies to coronavirus. This indicates that only a small part of the population has been infected with coronavirus, the Institute of Public Health (FHI) writes in an article.
“That means there aren’t huge unreported numbers. That’s what we were most excited about,” John T. Vaage tells the newspaper. He is Professor and Head of the Department of Immunology and Transfusion Medicine at Oslo University Hospital.
Several tests remain to be done before he will say exactly how many have been infected, but if 2 per cent of the population has been infected, it means that fewer than 107,000 have been infected with coronavirus in Norway. The figure is probably lower since all the tests were done in Oslo.
And if the 2 per cent estimate is true, around 0.2 per cent of those infected have died, Aftenposten writes.
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