Raymond Johansen not particularly worried about increasing infection rates in Oslo

Raymond JohansenPhoto: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB

In the last 24 hours, 140 new corona infection cases have been registered in Oslo, 39 above the daily average of the previous seven days. But the City Council chief is not particularly worried.

The last time the number of daily cases was as high was on Wednesday, June 2. At that time, 140 new cases of infection were also registered in the capital. 

City Council chief Raymond Johansen (AP) told NTB that the local authorities expected an increase in infection rates in Oslo in the wake of the joint holiday.

“The infection has risen for three weeks, from a very low level in mid-July. Last week, 701 registered people were infected, the highest level of infection since the beginning of May,” Johansen said.

But the numbers do not worry the City Council leader significantly.

Three people hospitalized

“Even with increasing infection, there are currently only three people admitted to the hospitals in Oslo and Ahus due to COVID-19. In comparison, there were around 50 hospitalizations at the beginning of May, when we had a similar level of infection. It clearly shows that the disease burden is much lower when so many people have been vaccinated and that it is not as relevant to compare the infection rates now with earlier in the pandemic,” Johansen said.

“The vaccination largely protects against serious illness, and this means that we can live with higher infection rates now than we could before.”

The infection rates are highest in the Stovner district. The infection pressure there amounted to 327 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last two weeks.

“Stay home if you’re sick”

A total of 39,603 Oslo citizens have been registered as infected since March last year.

Johansen says it is important that the people of Oslo continue to follow the basic infection control rules so that infection can remain at the lowest possible level until the entire adult population has been offered two vaccine doses. 

“Stay at home if you are sick, test yourself if you have symptoms, use a face mask in case of congestion in public transport, and keep your distance,” he added.

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