Norwegian Prime Minister: Hospitalization numbers will likely increase – we fear more deaths

Erna SolbergPhoto: Terje Bendiksby / NTB
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As a consequence of higher infection rates in Norway, Prime Minister Erna Solberg (H) fears more corona patients will end up in hospitals – and more deaths.

These concerns are part of the government’s justification for the intensified corona measures that were announced on Monday afternoon.

“Infection in our country has increased gradually. In August, we had 300 infected people a week. 

“In September, we had 700 infected a week. In October, 900 infected a week. In the last week, the infection has further increased,” Solberg said.

More people end up in hospitals, and more become seriously ill. 

“We fear to see more deaths”

On Monday, there were 54 corona-infected people admitted to Norwegian hospitals. 

“With increased infection rates, we must expect that the number of those who end up in hospitals will increase in the days and weeks to come. 

“We also fear that we will see more deaths as a result of this,” Solberg said.

“Now we are tightening up (measures) to control the infection. The hope is that we can avoid introducing even stricter measures,” she continued.

The measures presented by the government on Monday will last until early December.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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