Nakstad: Number of hospitalizations indicates that mutated viruses cause more serious disease

Espen Rostrup NakstadPhoto: Berit Roald / NTB
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On Sunday, 200 coronavirus patients were admitted to Norwegian hospitals. That worries Assistant Health Director Espen Rostrup Nakstad.

In the last 24 hours, 640 cases of infection have been registered in Norway. Out of the total, 275 of them have been registered in Oslo.

“We are at a similar level to where we were on top of the second wave, which was around New Year’s Eve. We are at that level, but we have more admissions than then. That probably indicates that the mutated virus variants actually cause a little more severe illness and more hospitalizations,” Nakstad said on Monday.

On Sunday, 200 patients were admitted with coronavirus to hospitals in Norway. Thus, the number of admissions has doubled in the last two weeks.

“The number of admissions is going straight up, and it seems that that curve will approach what we had during the first wave a year ago soon if the infection trend is not reversed very quickly,” he said.

The sharp increase in infection is largely due to more infectious viruses, according to Nakstad. 

He pointed out that the measures in Norway are strict, but that the virus is now different.

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