IN NUMBERS: How high are Covid infection rates in Oslo and across Norway?

IN NUMBERS: How high are Covid infection rates in Oslo and across Norway?
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Oslo is introducing new restrictions on schools and kindergartens in an effort to stem increasing Covid-19 infection numbers in the city, with the city's executive mayor, Raymond Johansen describing the situation as "very serious". But how serious is it? We crunch the numbers.

How serious is the situation in Oslo? 

Over the last three weeks, the level of infection in the city has increased by 300 percent, while the number of coronavirus patients being treated in hospital has increased 450 percent from 18 in the middle of February to 76 today. 

The charts on Oslo government’s Coronavirus statistics page show the number of cases rising to 1,337 across the city last week from just 409 in the week ending February 7th. That makes the infection situation worse than last November when the city recorded its previous peak weekly of 1,273 cases. 

The worst-hit areas are the northwest districts of Grorud, Stovner, and Alna, with 855, 726, and 708 cases per 100,000 people over the past 14 days. 

How serious is the situation elsewhere in Norway? 

Outside of Oslo, the Norwegian counties that are seeing a comparatively high number of infections are Viken, Vestfold, and Telemark, and Agder with 197,128 and 123 cases per 100,000 people respectively.

Vestland, the county containing Bergen, Norway’s second city, has been lightly affected with only 35.7 cases per 100,000. 

According to the Directorate of Health’s statistics page, there are currently 155 people being treated for coronavirus in Norway’s hospitals, of whom 19 are on a respirator. That is well below the national peak of 318 set on April 2nd last year. 

Of those being treated the overwhelming majority, 141 of 155, are being treated in the south-east health region which encompasses Oslo. 

How does the situation in Norway compare with that of other countries?

Norway’s seven-day rolling average of new infections has overtaken that of Denmark and caught up with that of Finland, but still lies far behind Sweden, which has a rolling seven-day average of 3,837 cases, more than five times the 607 seen in Norway. 

Compared to the other country’s covered by The Local’s network, Norway currently has the lowest infection rate of any country apart from Denmark. 


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