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Norway records highest number of daily Covid-19 cases since pandemic began

On Wednesday Norway recorded more than 2,000 Covid-19 infections in he previous 245 hours, a daily infection record and over 500 more than the previous day.

Crowds walking down a busy Oslo street.
400 cases were recorded in Oslo, pictured are crowds making their way around a shopping street in Norway's capital. Photo by Nick Night on Unsplash

On Tuesday, 2,126 people tested positive for Covid-19 in Norway, a new daily infection record for the country, and just under 600 more than the number testing positive on Monday.

According to figures from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, the previous record was set on November 1st, when 1,973 infections were recorded across the country.

Over the last seven days, an average of 1,467 Covid-19 infections have been registered per day. The same average seven days ago was 1,098.

Espen Nakstad, assistant director of health at the Norwegian Directorate of Health, said that one possible explanation for infections trending upwards could be more people testing themselves.

“Unfortunately, we see that the infection numbers continue to rise, even though we are a little unsure whether more people are now testing themselves, and that thus catches more of the dark numbers,” Nakstad told newswire NTB.

Nakstad also said that vaccines alone were not enough to reverse the trend of increasing hospital admissions.

“When we look at hospital admissions in recent weeks, the trend is still clear; There are more and more Covid-19 patients who need treatment. The vaccine effect is not enough to reverse the trend now,” Nakstad said.

As of Tuesday, 187 people in hospital had Covid-19, eleven fewer than the day before, 45 people were in intensive care, and 19 were on a respirator.

Norway’s health authorities, the Norwegian Directorate of Health and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) have said they were working on recommendations and advice to bring infections back down.

In total, 220,513 people in Norway have tested positive for Covid-19 since the pandemic began, with 924 coronavirus positive people dying since March 2020.

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Tourists: What to do if you catch Covid-19 in Norway 

All Covid travel rules for Norway have been completely lifted for a while now- but what happens if you test positive or start to develop Covid symptoms while you are here?

Tourists: What to do if you catch Covid-19 in Norway 

Covid travel rules in Norway have been lifted for a while, and all but a few recommendations remain domestically. This is a far cry from a similar time last year when Norway had very strict travel rules in place. 

Testing

Close contacts of Covid infected are not required to get a test, meaning if you have been in contact with somebody with Covid-19, you will not be required to get tested under the official rules. 

However, if you wish to take a test, you can buy self-tests at supermarkets and pharmacies. You can also order Covid-19 tests from Norwegian municipalities if you want a PCR test. You can find the contact information for every municipality in Norway here. Facemasks are also widely available in shops and pharmacies. 

Several private providers, such as Volvat and Dr Dropin, offer antigen and PCR tests with results within 24 hours. However, municipality tests can take longer to deliver results. If you need a test to travel home, you will not be able to get one from a local authority. These tests are only for those with symptoms of Covid-19.  

Home tests will not cost more than 60 kroner from supermarkets, while a municipality test will be free. However, private providers’ tests are pricier, costing between 1,000 and 1,500 kroner at most private clinics.

Isolation

There are also no specific rules in regards to isolation. 

“If you have respiratory symptoms, you should stay at home until you feel well. If you feel well, you can live as normal,” Helsenorge advises on its websiteMeaning that if you are asymptomatic, you aren’t advised to isolate. 

Other symptoms which you may need to isolate with include headache and blocked nose and influenza-like symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat and feeling unwell. 

The isolation information means you will need to liaise with the hotel or accommodation you are staying at. 

Travellers are advised to check what their insurance covers before taking out a policy to avoid being left out of pocket if they have to pay for new flights or an extended stay because they are isolating. 

If you test positive, you are also advised to steer clear of those in risk groups. 

Self-isolation advice applies regardless of vaccination status or previous infection. 

What else should I know? 

If your symptoms get worse, the best course of practice would be to contact a standard GP.

You can also contact the out-of-hours urgent care number on 116 117. This will put you through to the nearest urgent care centre to you. Visitors can also call for an ambulance on 113, but this is only advisable in life-threatening situations, such as a stroke or cardiac arrest.

In addition to checking your insurance policy, you also will need to check the rules of the country you are returning to or travelling through in case you may need a test to enter. 

If you have an EHIC card and receive medical care after testing positive for Covid-19, you will only be required to pay the same subsidised fees Norwegians do for healthcare. Despite this, European citizens are also advised to take out travel insurance. 

Non-European visitors are entitled to urgent medical care but will need to pay the full cost with no prospect of reimbursement if they don’t have health insurance. 

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