– 1,628 tested positive last week. This is a decrease of 22 percent from the week before. In that sense, it is a nice message, but we also have a situation where the test numbers are halved, says Sten to NTB.
About 24,000 people tested themselves in Oslo last week, Steen states. In the three previous weeks, the numbers were about 48,000.
– It is with a certain uncertainty that we take these figures with us. There may be some underlying hidden infection, he says.
He says that part of the decline is due to the fact that a small proportion of those who tested themselves before Easter belonged to the group who were not close contacts or for other reasons were asked to test themselves.
– They are the ones who test themselves because they were going on holiday. Before Easter, this category was large, as many as 43 percent of those who tested themselves. Last week, the figure was 34 percent, says Steen.
Expecting an increase in infection
– We will not be completely demotivated because of this. We will not fall off the chair if the infection numbers go up somewhat in the next two weeks, Steen says.
At the same time, he emphasizes that the infection trend had begun to reverse even before Easter. From the top week, week 11, when almost 2,500 tested positive, to the following week it was down 15 percent, when 2,100 tested positive.
– It is a trend that has reversed before Easter. It will be sad if we come back at 2,500. Then Easter may have reversed the infection trend again, says Steen.
Holiday from infection control
Steen is aware that it is not necessarily those who have been out and about during the Easter holidays who can cause an increase in infection.
– Many who have been out traveling have often met fewer people. If we manage to comply with the distance rules and the close contact minimization, it does not matter where we are.
– Many may have had a holiday from infection control. At the same time, I have seen when I have been out and about that people are good at complying with the infection control councils, says the health council, who emphasizes that it is only a matter of his observations.
At the same time, he emphasizes that after all holidays, the infection has increased in Oslo.
– Until now, the balance has been more against infection increase, he says.
– The vaccine works
– The hope is that the seriousness of the British variant has dawned on people. People realize it is more serious for younger people as well. Maybe we have been better, he says.
Steen points out that the infection is particularly low among the oldest in society. Only 7 percent of those who tested positive were over 60, although almost 18 percent of all people living in Oslo are over 60.
– There are two reasons for this: The vaccine works, I also think it is a signal that the elderly have become good at practicing infection control measures. It is important to avoid serious illness and death.
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