Norway registers highest number of new corona cases in 24 hours since beginning of pandemic

Coronavirus testingPhoto: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB
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According to preliminary figures, a total of 21,338 corona-infected people were registered in Norway as of midnight. That is an increase of 704 reported cases in the last 24 hours.

The increase of 704 new cases is the highest spike in a single day during the pandemic – so far.

In the last two days, the increase amounts to 1,008 reported cases, according to figures from the National Reporting System for Infectious Diseases (MSIS).

Although far more people are being tested than before, the proportion of positive tests is also increasing. 

From Monday last week to Monday this week, the proportion of positive tests is just under 2% – almost four times higher than in mid-June, when the proportion was around 0.5%, according to figures from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI).

64 people hospitalized with coronavirus

On average, it takes one to two days from the time a test result is available until it is registered in MSIS. 

The figures can thus give a somewhat skewed picture of the infection situation in recent days. 

On Monday, 64 inpatients with COVID-19 were registered at Norwegian hospitals, and three were receiving respiratory treatment, according to figures from the Norwegian Directorate of Health.

A total of 282 people have so far died with COVID-19 in Norway, according to preliminary figures.

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