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Bergen: Increased Covid-19 infection rates reported in Norwegian city

The Local
The Local - [email protected] • 12 Jan, 2021 Updated Tue 12 Jan 2021 17:04 CEST
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New data indicates an increase in Covid-19 infection rates in the Bergen health authority.

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The reproduction rate or R-number in the area has increased from 1.0 to 1.7, according to new calculations reported by NRK.

If the 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. 

Bergen’s health authority, Helse Bergen, said in a press statement that the R-number in the area had increased from 1.0 to 1.7 since last week, but that the calculation includes a degree of uncertainty.

“It is as we expected and feared that the R-number increases during and after New Year. There’s an increase in the number of infected people in the area in the last seven days, and that includes imported infections,” Helse Bergen CEO Eivind Hansen said in the statement.

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Without imported cases, the R-number is estimated to be 1.3.

“This is a strong reminder that social distancing rules and other anti-infection rules are still important to follow,” Hansen added.

The southwestern city had local coronavirus restrictions in place during much of November and December, but eventually lifted them saying it had “turned around” a Covid-19 outbreak.

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