Bergen: Mayor fears 'brutal mathematics' as new Covid-19 case numbers rise

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Bergen: Mayor fears 'brutal mathematics' as new Covid-19 case numbers rise
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With 91 new cases of Covid-19 registered in 24 hours, the situation with the virus is serious in the city, according to executive mayor Roger Valhammer.


Valhammer commented on increasing infections in the western city on Wednesday afternoon in comments reported by media including VG.

The 91 new cases mean the city’s reproduction rate or R-number is currently at 1.6, meaning infections are spreading.

If the reproduction rate or R-number is above 1.0, the number of infected in a society will grow because each infected person will pass on the virus to an average of more than one other person. If the R-number is slightly below 1.0, the number will decline. 

“Since yesterday 91 new cases were registered. That means that the so-called R-number is 1.6, something that in the course of a month would be equivalent to a full Brann Stadium [Bergen football stadium, ed.] if we aren’t able to slow the spread,” Valhammer said.


“The mathematics are brutal,” he added.

Like capital city Oslo, Bergen last week introduced stringent local measures in an effort to reduce the spread of coronavirus in the city.

The age range of infections is 2 to 83 years, with 6 people over the age of 60, VG reports. A large number of the cases, which were registered Wednesday, result from tests taken last weekend due to a processing delay, the newspaper writes.

1,792 people were tested since Tuesday.

“I am strong in the belief that we will get through what we are facing now together. We can’t fight the pandemic alone,” Valhammer said.

A total of 42 people in Bergen have lost their lives due to Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. Nationally, the last week saw 3,891 new cases registered in Norway, an increase of 24 percent compared to the previous week according to VG.

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