As of midnight, a total of 83,519 corona infection cases had been registered in Norway. That is an increase of 1,064 cases in the last 24 hours, which is 379 more than on the same day a week ago.
The increase is the second-highest in one day during the pandemic. Just the day before, 1,156 new cases were registered.
More than 4.2 million corona tests have been performed in Norway so far.
Minister of Health concerned
On Wednesday, Minister of Health Bent Høie (H) commented the infection figures.
“We are concerned that we do not yet see the top of the third wave and that it will continue. It often takes one to two weeks before the measures affect the infection rates,” he noted.
At the same time, he said that it might be possible to open up society more in May. But that depends on the infection figures in April.
“It is still possible that May may be the month when we can take the first steps towards a more normal everyday life,” the Minister of Health said at a corona press conference on Wednesday.
He stressed that there are plans for stricter national measures if more outbreaks occur.
226 people hospitalized
On Wednesday, 226 corona-infected patients were admitted to hospitals in Norway. That is an increase of two patients from the day before. A total of 34 patients are on respirators – three more than the day before, according to the Norwegian Directorate of Health’s overview.
A total of 648 corona-related deaths have been reported to the National Institute of Public Health (FHI). The age group with the most deaths is the one with people who are 80–89 years old, and men account for 53% of all deaths.
The FHI emphasizes that it is not always possible to know whether the patient has died of or with COVID-19.
To date, 451,308 people have received the first dose of the corona vaccine, and 257,851 have received the second dose.
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