Nakstad: The infection rates in Norway are rising – everyone must follow the advice to get the infection down

Espen NakstadPhoto: Ole Berg-Rusten / NTB
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If the pressure on the health service becomes too great due to the coronavirus, it may be relevant to introduce national measures, Espen Rostrup Nakstad warns.

The infection rates and the number of admitted corona patients are rising again.

In the last 24 hours, 1,626 corona infection cases have been registered in Norway. At the same time, 163 corona patients were admitted to Norwegian hospitals on Tuesday.

“With that, we are in a slightly different situation,” assistant health director Espen Rostrup Nakstad told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).

He says it is important that Norwegians follow corona-related advice so that they do not end up in a situation where national measures have to be reintroduced. 

New effort required

Nakstad pointed to a survey that shows that six out of ten people stay at home when they are ill.

“This means that four out of ten do not, and that is a little too many. If we manage to test ourselves when we get symptoms and tell those we have been in contact with that we’re sick, that alone may be enough to make the infection trend go down.”

With rising infection and hospitalization rates and a flu season on its way, the trend must be reversed if Norwegians want to continue living as normal.

“If we do not reverse that trend, and the pressure on the health service becomes so great that it has major consequences, then we must introduce national advice and perhaps national measures.” 

“We all benefit from getting this under control, and it does not take much because we have such good help from the vaccine already,” Nakstad said.

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