Norway’s FHI: We see signs that the tightening of corona measures has had an effect

Frode ForlandPhoto: Vidar Ruud / NTB
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Infection rates have fallen for two days in a row, and the National Institute of Public Health (FHI) believes that the new measures are working.

In the last two weeks, an average of 4,805 corona cases have been registered per day. The trend is still rising, but for the first time in several weeks, infection rates have fallen for two days in a row, TV 2 reports.

“It gives reason for hope, although it is too early to say whether it is a lasting trend,” Frode Forland at the FHI noted.

“The infection is declining nationally, and in Oslo, that’s the first positive signal that perhaps the measures we have put in place are starting to work,” he added.

The FHI also sees signs that the omicron variant has not spread as quickly as first assumed. About 5% of the samples on a national basis have been confirmed as omicron, though the proportion is higher in Oslo. 

However, this is far below the development seen in the United Kingdom, where omicron infection accounts for 30% of cases on a national basis.

In addition, there are increasing indications that omicron causes a milder disease course than previous corona variants, according to the FHI. There is greater certainty that the variant is more contagious, but vaccines seem to protect against the serious course of the disease.

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

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