Norway is at the “red” corona level

Coronavirus testCoronavirus test.Photo: Heiko Junge / NTB scanpix

In the last two weeks, Norway has registered over 20 corona infections per 100,000 inhabitants and is thus at a red level, according to NRK. Has no consequences, says NIPH.

1,126 new cases of infection in the last two weeks give an infection rate of 20.77 infected per 100,000 inhabitants. Thus, Norway has crossed the border to be considered a red country, NRK has calculated.

The fact that Norway is red has no consequences for domestic travel.

“It does not mean anything special for Norway. It is a limit we have set to impose quarantine for people who come from other countries. It is not a limit we have set for ourselves, and it will not apply to different regions in Norway,” says Director Frode Forland at the National Institute of Public Health (NIPH) to VG.

Different figures
The limit used by the Norwegian authorities to determine whether a country is red or not is 20 infected per 100,000 inhabitants in the last two weeks.

For Norway, this means a maximum of 1,084 new cases of infection within two weeks, based on NIPH’s population base, which is 5,421,241 people.

According to VG, the figure is 18.4, while the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has Norway at 19.96. The reason is different ways of calculating.

Local outbreaks
Since March, a total of 11,521 corona-infected people have been registered in this country. In the last 24 hours, 133 new cases were registered.

In recent weeks, there have been several major local outbreaks around the country, and the number of infections has risen sharply. The worst outbreak has occurred in Fredrikstad and Sarpsborg municipalities, where over 200 have been diagnosed with the infection, and almost 2,500 people are or have been in quarantine.

In Bergen, 131 students at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) have been diagnosed with coronavirus. In addition, several students at BI in Bergen and ten employees at Haukeland University Hospital have been confirmed infected.

Fewer hospitalized
At the same time that infection rates have risen, it is Wednesday this week, three weeks since the National Institute of Public Health last received reports of new corona deaths.

“More testing and better infection control routines have probably helped to keep the coronavirus away from nursing homes and care homes,” says doctor Jacob Berild at NIPH. Thus, the death rates remain low despite the increase in the number of cases of infection.

The same applies to hospitalizations. Figures from the NIPH on Tuesday show that eleven patients have been admitted to Norwegian hospitals, none of whom are receiving treatment with a respirator. This is four fewer than on Monday, when 15 patients were admitted.

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