Many Norwegians believe the pandemic will be long-lasting, according to new study

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According to the Norwegian Corona Monitor survey, almost half of the respondents believe that the corona pandemic in Norway will last for up to another year.

In the survey, 18% now state that they believe the corona outbreak in Norway will last for up to another six months, while 46% say it will last up to one more year.

Furthermore, 20% think it will last two more years, while 16% think it will take even longer.

More than 36,000 Norwegians participated in the survey, which was conducted by Opinion.

Fewer believe in rapid recovery

The proportion of the population who believe that the pandemic will last only up to six months more has fallen by as much as 15% since June.

“There is no doubt that more and more people are being vaccinated, but Norwegians no longer believe that that necessarily means the end of the pandemic,” senior adviser Nora Clausen in Opinion noted.

People’s assessment of the duration of the pandemic in Norway now is quite similar to the average for all measurements made during the entire pandemic so far.

The biggest change has been registered in the group that expects the pandemic to last for more than two more years – the proportion is now 5% above the average for all measurements so far.

More think the infection will increase

In the last week, 44% of respondents stated that they believe the number of new coronavirus cases in Norway will increase.

Only 29% believe in a reduction of infection, while the rest believe the number will remain unchanged. 

The proportion of those expecting increased infection in the future has registered an increasing trend in the last five weeks.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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