Rate of infection stabilizes

Frognerparken in OsloFrognerparken in Oslo.Photo: Fredrik Hagen / NTB scanpix
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After the two past weeks with an increasing rate of Corona infections, the infection rates were once again stable last week, according to the National Institute of Public Health (FHI) in their latest weekly report.

The monitoring data and modeling show that the spread of infection is still at a low level nationally, even though we see outbreaks and clusters that require some infection tracing in some municipalities, the FHI writes in their report for last week(week 33).

-”After several weeks with a stable low infection rate, there was an increase in the number of reported cases in weeks 31 and 32. Last week, the number of reported cases were at the same level as week 32, despite an increase in the number of tests of 54 percent.”, FHI states. 

The number of weekly hospital admissions and admissions to the intensive care unit are still described as low. 

Local outbreaks

The report emphasizes that new infections mainly take place in connection with local outbreaks and people infected abroad, primarily in countries that require quarantine upon return to Norway. 

For the country as a whole, the infection rate is now 13.6 cases per 100,000 people for weeks 32 and 33 combined. When the FHI assesses the infection situation in other countries, the limit is 20 cases per 100,000 people before the requirement of quarantine is to be implemented.

There was an increase in the number of reported cases last week in five counties: Agder, Innlandet, Troms and Finnmark, Vestland, and Telemark.

Most cases were reported from Viken(110 cases in week 33 against 147 in week 32) and Oslo(106 cases in week 33 against 122 in week 32).

Most are infected at home

The FHI has information on known close contact and place of infection for 378 cases in the last two weeks.  

Among these, the most commonly assumed place of infection were private households(35%), private events(19%), travel companions(9%), restaurants/bars/nightclubs(9%), and work/university(8%).

The models for FHI estimates that there were up to 700 infectious people in Norway on Monday this week.

It is estimated that the “reproduction rate”, also known as R is 0.77 for the period after July 1. The number assumes how many people each infection would transmit further. 

-”A new reproduction figure from the 1st of August will be introduced next week to better follow the recent situation. With few new cases and admissions, there will be a greater uncertainty in the reproduction number.”, the FHI states.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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