Norway’s national health institute calculates corona mortality at 0.31%

Camilla StoltenbergPhoto: Stian Lysberg Solum / NTB

In the National Institute of Public Health’s (FHI) latest risk assessment, the risk of dying from COVID-19 infection is estimated at 0.31%. The estimate is not adjusted for age.

Mortality is calculated from the proportion of deaths of those infected.

So far, almost 90% of the deaths have occurred in the age group of those over 70 years old. 

For people over the age of 80, the disease seems to be very dangerous with lethality well over 10%, the FHI noted.

The FHI estimates the proportion of infected people who need intensive care in hospitals at 0.27%.

Great loss of life prevented

On Friday, FHI director Camilla Stoltenberg agreed with the director of health Bjørn Guldvog and Minister of Health Bent Høie’s assessment that the infection control measures that have been introduced in Norway have saved the country from a great loss of human life.

Stoltenberg further said that there is a lot of uncertainty associated with coronavirus mortality. 

“It is three times higher than the corresponding uncertain estimate we have for the flu. 

“And when the flu strikes, as it did in the 2017-2018 season, the death toll was estimated at 1,400. 

If we had that threefold (editor’s note: as a result of the corona pandemic), we would have been desperate about it, Stoltenberg said on Friday.

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