In the last 24 hours, 1,796 new corona infection cases have been registered in Norway, according to MSIS. That is the highest number in one day so far during the pandemic.
The previous peak day was on Friday last week, with 1,552 new infection cases.
According to MSIS figures at the National Institute of Public Health (FHI), as of midnight on Wednesday night, 160,174 Norwegians have been infected with corona since the pandemic started, and the increase over the last 24 hours amounted to 1,796.
89 corona patients hospitalized
On Tuesday, 89 corona-infected patients were admitted to hospitals in Norway, an increase of ten patients from the day before. Eleven of the patients are on respirators, and 22 are in the intensive care unit.
Much of the infection occurs in schools. FHI chief Camilla Stoltenberg told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) that this autumn’s infection strategy has not worked well enough.
“There has been no desire on the part of the Norwegian Directorate of Health and the Ministry of Health for so much infection to spread in schools, and it has increased faster than we expected,” Stoltenberg said.
She added that it is now difficult to interpret the numbers because there is a lot of self-testing.
” This means that we know to a much lesser whether these figures represent how the epidemic is developing, compared to before. They are not directly comparable with previous figures.”
Possible rise in hospitalizations
In a short time, we may be up to a three-digit number of hospital admissions due to corona, assistant health director Espen Nakstad believes.
“The big question is how many severe disease cases we will get when the infection increases. I think we will get a three-digit number of inpatients in the near future, more than a hundred hospitalized corona patients at the same time,” Nakstad told NTB on Tuesday.
“But I hope that we will not reach the same levels as last winter when we had the third wave of infection,” he added.
The high infection rates have had consequences for the reopening plan.
“For the time being, the reopening has been put on hold so that we can carry out more vaccinations, and the government will take a position on this in the time ahead,” Nakstad said.
A total of 814 corona-infected people have died in Norway since March 2020, preliminary figures show. It is not always possible to establish whether patients have died of or with COVID-19.
To date, 3,856,128 people have received the first dose of the corona vaccine, and 3,042,690 people have received the second dose.
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