Norway registers second-highest daily total of new Covid-19 cases

Norway registers second-highest daily total of new Covid-19 cases
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Norway registered 403 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, the second-highest increase in cases the country has so far recorded in a 24-hour period.

The last two days have seen Covid-19 cases in Norway rise by 727 registered infections, according to the country’s MSIS registration system.

Wednesday’s increase (the totals are reported daily at midnight) is the second-highest the country has registered since the beginning of the pandemic. It should be noted that testing was less widespread during the early stages in the spring.

The only previous day in which Norway has registered more cases in a day occurred earlier this week, when 433 new infections were detected on Tuesday.

The highest daily total from the spring is 313 new cases, registered on March 24th.

One week ago, the daily registered total was 192 cases, NRK notes. A two-day delay from a positive result to registration with MSIS usually applies, so the totals seen in Wednesday’s update are likely to have come primarily from tests taken earlier in the week.

Norway currently has a total of 49 people hospitalised with coronavirus.

Oslo is contributing a large proportion of the national daily figures. 102 people have tested positive in the capital in the last day, according to a municipal total, with 875 infections in the last 14 days in total.

New national measures aimed at reducing the spread of the virus came into effect on Wednesday, and local restrictions are in place in Oslo and Bergen.

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Health minister Bent Høie has urged people in all areas of the country, including those with lower infection numbers, to follow the guidelines and restrictions.

“I understand if people think it would be nice to have more than five people over for dinner in a municipality that hasn’t registered a single case of infection in several months,” Høie said in comments reported by NRK.

“But the point is this: We’ve had 150 large and small outbreaks since August. We don’t know where the next one will come. It could start at a dinner in a municipality that hasn’t had a registered case in months,” he added.


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