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Milestone: Norway has registered 500,000 corona cases since the start of the pandemic

Airport testingPhoto: Heiko Junge / NTB

In the last 24 hours, 8,477 corona infection cases have been registered in Norway. That is 3,189 more than the same day last week.

A total of 504,789 people have now tested positive for corona in Norway since the start of the pandemic, according to the National Institute of Public Health (FHI). The first case of infection in the country was registered on February 26, 2020.

In the last week, three new daily infection records have been set. In the last seven days, an average of 9,229 corona infection cases have been registered per day.

The corresponding average seven days ago was 6,145. On Saturday, 228 corona patients were hospitalized – 24 fewer than the day before. Out of the total, 79 patients are in intensive care, and 55 of them are on respirators, according to the Norwegian Directorate of Health’s overview.

A total of 1,381 corona-infected people have died in Norway since March 2020, preliminary figures show.

Peak expected in February

According to the FHI, the pressure on Norwegian hospitals will reach a peak in February.

“The Norwegian Institute of Public Health expects a significant winter wave from the pandemic in Norway in the January-March period. 

“Hundreds of thousands will be infected,” the FHI wrote in its latest risk assessment.

Furthermore, the FHI stated that very strong contact-reducing measures would be necessary to mitigate the winter wave.

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