Norway registers over 15,000 daily Covid-19 cases for the first time

A record 15,367 Covid-19 infections were recorded in Norway on Tuesday, the first time the country has registered more than 15,000 infections in a day.

Crowds in Oslo.
Norway has recorded more 15,000 daily Covid-19 cases in a single day for the first time. Pictured are crowds of people in Norway. Photo by Nick Night on Unsplash

Norway passed the milestone of recording more than 15,000 Covid-19 infections over a 24-hour period less than a week after it passed 10,000 daily cases for the first time.

Tuesday’s figure of 15,367 is also 4,187 coronavirus cases more than the seven-day rolling average of 11,180. The same average a week prior was 6,865 daily infections, indicating the infection trend is rising.

Espen Rostrup Nakstad, assistant health director at the Norwegian Directorate of Health, said that the number of infections is not rising as strongly as it has in previous weeks, despite the record infection levels.

“This shows that infections are still rising in Norway, but not as sharply as two weeks ago,” Nakstad told news wire NTB.

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) is expecting the current wave of infections to peak at the turn of the month or in early February.

The health institute is expecting fewer than 50,000 cases to be recorded per day at the wave’s peak and anywhere between 100 and 400 daily hospital admissions.

READ MORE: When will the current wave of Covid-19 infections in Norway peak?

As of Tuesday, there were 238 patients in hospitals with Covid-19, two fewer than the day before. Of the patients in hospital, 74 were in intensive care, and 49 were on ventilators.

More than 538,000 people have tested positive for the virus in Norway since the pandemic began, and 1,383 people who tested positive for Covid have died.

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VERDICT: How well did Norway handle the Covid-19 pandemic?

Norway’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic was given an overall positive scorecard in an official commission report published on Tuesday.

VERDICT: How well did Norway handle the Covid-19 pandemic?

The Corona Commission, appointed to scrutinise the response of authorities and health services, on Tuesday published its final report on the country’s management of the pandemic.

The commission concluded that Norway’s response to the pandemic was generally good. The report notes that the Scandinavian country has one of the lowest Covid-19 death rates in Europe and limited the impact of the virus on economic activity.

Several individuals made far greater contributions than could have been expected, it also said.

“In the health service, state administration, municipalities and at several companies, an impressive flexibility and ability to adapt was demonstrated,” the report states.

Some criticism is included in the report. Authorities were not adequately prepared to deal with a pandemic of the magnitude Covid-19 proved to be.

The pandemic caused severe strain on a number of ICU wards at times and doctors’ services in local municipalities were poorly equipped, the report said.

“ICU preparedness at hospitals was not good enough,” the report states.

The commission meanwhile pointed out the vaccination programme as a successful element of the response but said the government should have been quicker to take the step of distributing more vaccines to areas with higher Covid-19 prevalence.

A broad range of areas are covered by the report, including its consequences for children and young people, which were found to be excessive.

Authorities failed to do enough to protect children from some of the effects of restrictions, despite this being a government objective.

“To put it a little simply, we can say that children and young people are worse affected by restrictions than by infections and that there is a difference between what you miss out on over a year when you are 16 compared to when you are 46,” the report states.