New FHI report: More people are getting infected through kindergarten corona outbreaks

KindergartenPhoto: Terje Pedersen / NTB

Multiple people have been infected by corona outbreaks in kindergartens recently, but the same increase in infection cases can’t be seen in schools, according to a new National Institute of Public Health (FHI) report.

The FHI’s report shows that the level of infection has increased in society since week 6 and that the increase has been greatest in the age groups 16 to 19 years and 0 to 6 years.

For schools, there has been no increase in the number of outbreaks per week, people infected in outbreaks in schools, or the extent of the outbreaks. 

There has been a statistically significant increase in the number of people infected per week in outbreaks in kindergartens.

More testing?

“The increase in kindergartens may be related to more widespread testing of kindergarten children who are quarantined. Previously, the recommendation was only quarantine,” chief physician Margrethe Greve-Isdahl at the FHI noted in a press release.

The FHI has looked at the number of outbreaks in schools and kindergartens and the size of the outbreaks per week from and including week 40 in 2020 to and including week 8 in 2021.

“The fact that no increase in the number of outbreaks has been observed in schools can be explained by the fact that there were also some major outbreaks with previous virus variants, especially in November 2020,” Greve-Isdahl said.

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