No excess mortality in Norway despite pandemic: report

No excess mortality in Norway despite pandemic: report
Test sampling for the coronavirus in Oslo. Photo: Ole Berg-Rusten / NTB scanpix / TT
A reduction in the number of people dying of flu in Norway appears to have made up for deaths due to coronavirus, meaning the country has seen no excess mortality in recent months.
According to a new report from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Norway has not seen any excess mortality at all over the last three months, despite 237 people dying with coronavirus during the pandemic, 
“Our study shows that the general death rate in the population has been normal in recent months,” the agency said in its weekly  mortality report. 
“A few weeks ago, there were signs of some excess mortality during weeks 15 and 16 [April 6 – April 20], but the the death rate has since returned to normal.” 
Across Europe as a whole there were 168,000 excess deaths between the start of the epidemic in March and the end of May, according to the European Mortality Monitoring Project, run by Denmark's Statens Serum Institut. 
In Norway around 900 people die each year from influenza, but this year's seasonal flu epidemic was ended early when infection measures were introduced in March.
Here is a graph from the institute showing how the weekly death rate has remained within the normal curve. 

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