Norway’s FHI is investigating the spike in corona-related deaths

Line VoldPhoto: Berit Roald / NTB
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As many as 43 corona-related deaths were recorded on Wednesday, the highest daily number so far in the pandemic. Now the FHI wants to take a closer look at the development.

The numbers weren’t high only on Wednesday – the average for the last seven days is at a level comparable to April 2020 and January 2021.

Department director Line Vold at the FHI describes the figures as a small spike after a long period of stability.

“We need to analyze these figures in more detail and see what they really mean,” she told the newspaper VG.

However, as the FHI connects to the cause of death register once a week, there is usually a peak in registered cases in its overviews in the middle of the week. That means that the 43 deaths did not all occur on Wednesday; the figure is a result of a delay in the registration process, Vold explained. That means that the deaths will eventually be spread over several days.

“We see that there is an increase in the number of registered COVID-19-related deaths in the last two weeks. The largest increase is in deaths in nursing homes. Every year we see increased mortality due to respiratory infections in the autumn and winter months, and this coincides with an increase in respiratory infections in autumn and winter,” Vold said.

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

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