Norway registers new high number of Covid-19 cases

Norway registers new high number of Covid-19 cases
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With 705 new cases of Covid-19 nationally including 109 in Oslo, the spread of coronavirus infections is increasing in Norway.

The numbers are currently being reported by newspaper VG on its running platform using data from MSIS, the national registration system. Slightly varying figures of 704 national infections with 101 in Oslo are reported by national broadcaster NRK, which writes that the total is the highest so far recorded in a single day.

The figure for the capital is marginally lower than that reported on Monday last week, according to NRK, which cites figures from the Oslo Municipality.

“The numbers confirm the trend we have seen since the summer holidays,” Espen Nakstad, the assistant director of Norway's Directorate of Health, told NRK.

In August, daily cases of Covid-19 in Norway were reduced to around 30. They had increased to 100 by the end of September and 500 at the close of October.

“This is not a trend we like. It is very similar to what we are seeing in Europe, even though it’s not increasing as fast with us (in Norway),” Nakstad also said.

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“This is a situation that can lead us towards what we saw in March. We are not many weeks away from it. When the virus spreads to older age groups, we will see more admissions to hospitals,” he added.

As of Monday, 64 patients are admitted to hospitals in Norway with Covid-19. Three are receiving ventilator care, the Directorate of Health states.

Although registered cases of the virus in Norway are now outstripping those seen in the spring, it should be noted that testing was far less widespread in the early stages of the epidemic in the country.

Nakstad estimated that “the infection situation in March at its worst was probably four times higher than now”.

National and some local restrictions are in place in Norway as part of the country's effort to reduce the ongoing increase in cases.


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