Norway’s health institute comments on infection increase: “It may be less serious than it seems”

Frode ForlandPhoto: Vidar Ruud / NTB
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The number of corona infection cases has increased sharply in Oslo and Agder in recent days, but also at a national level. According to the National Institute of Public Health (FHI), the spike is due to outbreaks and increased testing.

In the last 24 hours, 390 corona infection cases have been registered in Norway. That is 164 more than the day before and 104 more than the same day last week.

“Most of the infection is related to known outbreaks. This may make the situation a little less serious than the figures suggest. For the country as a whole, the infection situation is stable,” Frode Forland at the FHI told newspaper VG.

He pointed out that, first and foremost, Oslo and Agder are pushing up the figures. Oslo has registered high infection growth in the districts of Sagene, Bjerke, and Alna. In Agder, there are outbreaks in Kristiansand and Lindesnes.

Increase in testing

On Wednesday, 155 new infection cases were registered in Oslo, 50 more than the average of the previous seven days.

Some of this may be due to the fact that Oslo set a testing record last week. People were asked to test themselves ahead of the winter holidays, which are this week in the capital.

The mutated virus variants contribute to the uncertainty.

“We are a little worried that this is also what we see now, that there is greater infectivity in the outbreaks we have,” Forland said.

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

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