Oslo registers highest infection rate since November: “We will continue to have strict measures”

Raymond JohansenPhoto: Terje Bendiksby / NTB
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In the capital, the infection rate is currently very high. Raymond Johansen is concerned about the increase in infection and points out that strict measures will continue.

In the last 24 hours, 231 new corona infection cases have been registered in Oslo. The number hasn’t been as high since November 19.

“Oslo has the strictest measures in the country. We have had that (the measures, editor’s note) for a long time, and we will continue to do so. Therefore, we have had good control over the infection situation,” Oslo City Council chief Raymond Johansen (AP) told news bureau NTB.

“But I am worried about the growing infection now, especially because many probably have the mutated virus,” he said.

Virus variants and testing records

“There is no doubt that the mutated variants of the virus have increased the spread of infection in the population,” said Johansen.

“We see the results of this through rising infection rates. Therefore, the City Council’s line of strict measures over time remains fixed,” he said.

Therefore, the Municipality wants to utilize its full testing capacity.

Last week, Oslo experienced a testing record, with close to 25,000 people taking the test. That was an increase of more than 10,000 compared to the previous week.

“It is gratifying to see that so many have tested themselves in connection with the winter holidays and that we are now able to detect even more infection. This also gives us the opportunity to track more of the infection, isolate, and quarantine more people,” he said.

Most cases in Stovner

The increase in infection over the last 24 hours shows 80 more infected people than the day before. There are also twice as many cases as the average last week, which was 115 infected people per day. On the same day last week, 105 cases of infection were registered.

Stovner district has the highest infection pressure. There are now 387 infected people per 100,000 inhabitants in the last two weeks in the district. 

Alna district is in second place with 345 cases, and Grorud is in third place with 310 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. 

The lowest infection pressure has been registered in Ullern and Nordre Aker, with 115 and 118 cases per 100,000, respectively. 

A total of 19,660 Oslo citizens have been infected since March last year. About a quarter of the cases, almost 4,800, are registered in the age group 20 to 29 years.

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

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