Oslo registers highest daily Covid-19 infections ever as ‘social lockdown’ takes effect

Oslo registers highest daily Covid-19 infections ever as 'social lockdown' takes effect
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The number of new coronavirus infections in a 24-hour period in Norwegian capital Oslo was the highest since the beginning of the pandemic on Monday, as the city braced itself for new restrictions to take effect.

Oslo saw 203 new cases of coronavirus registered on Monday. That is the highest total for the city since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in March this year, broadcaster NRK reports.

Nationally, 598 people have been registered with coronavirus in the last day, according to VG’s running total which is based on official MSIS data. That represents an increase of more than 100 on the total from the preceding day.

“This underlines the seriousness of the situation and how important it is for people to follow the coronavirus restrictions. We depend completely on people now staying at home a lot, meeting fewer people and staying home if they are sick if we are to reverse this trend,” health minister Bent Høie told NRK.

Infection numbers are likely to increase over the coming days, given a lag in the effects of new restrictions.

“This is because we won’t see the effects of restriction introduced now for at least 1-2 weeks,” Høie said.

Oslo’s figure of 203 new infections is an increase of 79 compared to the previous day and compares to a total of 99 on the same day last week, NRK reports.

“This is quite high and dramatic, but not unexpected. We have now initiated a series of new measures, we will see it plateau at the end of the week or the beginning of next week,” Oslo executive mayor Raymond Johansen told the broadcaster.

“We will see less social contact now, so we can really hope that the measures put in place will reduce the infection levels,” he added.

Strict new restrictions in the city include the closure of a broad section of sports and culture facilities, assembly limitations, and a ban on serving alcohol. The measures have been described in Norwegian media as a 'social lockdown' (sosial nedstengning).

The measures are in place for an initial three weeks.

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