Norwegian health institute warns of sharp infection spike, believes death toll will increase

Camilla StoltenbergPhoto: Terje Pedersen / NTB
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The number of corona infections has increased sharply in recent weeks. The death toll and hospital admissions will also increase, Camilla Stoltenberg at the National Institute of Public Health (FHI) warns.

“From the beginning of week 43, it has only gone straight up,” the FHI’s director said at the government’s press conference on Tuesday afternoon.

She stated that with almost 3,000 cases in week 44, the number of new cases has almost doubled from week 43.

The reproduction number is now estimated to be around 1.3.

High number of undetected cases

Additionally, the FHI estimates that the number of not detected cases can be as high as 60%.

“We expect that the number of patients who need hospital treatment will increase, that the number of those who need intensive care will increase, and that the number of deaths will increase,” Stoltenberg emphasized.

Minister of Health Bent Høie (H) announced that new national measures would be implemented this week to reduce the spread of infection.

Stoltenberg and director Bjørn Guldvog of the Norwegian Directorate of Health supported the decision.

“We are about to lose control,” Guldvog said.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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