NAV: The omicron wave led to a sharp increase in sickness absence in Norway

NAVPhoto: Terje Pedersen / NTB
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The total sickness absence in the first quarter of this year was 7.1%, seasonally adjusted figures show. This is an increase of 6.5% from the previous quarter. 

The corona pandemic is the main cause of the increase.

“Both self-reported and doctor-certified absence has increased significantly compared with the previous quarter. 

“Sick leave due to the omicron wave led to the loss of as many as 1.4 million man-days,” NAV chief Hans Christian Holte stated.

The seasonally adjusted sickness absence certified by a doctor in the first quarter amounted to 5.6%, which is an increase of 3.1% compared with the previous quarter. The self-reported sickness absence amounted to 1.5%, an increase of 21.1%.

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

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