More than 300 corona patients in Norway – approaching a new peak

On 1 April last year, 325 patients were admitted with covid-19 to Norwegian hospitals. This is currently the highest number during the entire pandemic.

In the days that followed, the hospital numbers dropped considerably at that time. Now the number is once again on its way up to the same heights.

Of the 306 corona patients now admitted, 64 of them receive ventilator treatment. There is one more than the day before, according to the Norwegian Directorate of Health’s overview on Saturday.

268 of the corona patients are hospitalized in the Health South-East region, 25 are hospitalized in Health West, nine are hospitalized in Central Norway, and four are hospitalized in Health North.

Hope the measures bring the numbers down

The Ministry of Health and Care Services points out that the English virus variant, which is now the dominant one in Norway, is not only more contagious. It also leads to more serious illness and thus more hospitalizations, State Secretary Saliba Andreas Korkunc (H) informs NTB.

– On March 25, the government introduced stricter national measures to prevent the infection from spreading to areas in the country with little infection. In addition, there are very strict measures in the areas with the highest infection, such as in Oslo and Viken, he says in a written statement.

– Hopefully the measures will ensure that the number of hospital admissions soon decreases, Korkunc continues.

Infection rates are declining somewhat

While hospital admissions are rising, however, national infection rates are declining.

The decline may otherwise be related to the fact that it is now Easter holiday. In Bergen, infection rates are rising, despite lower testing at Easter, which worries the municipality.

In the last 24 hours, 640 new corona infections have been registered in the country, which is 432 fewer than one week ago.

Nearly 700,000 Norwegians received the first dose of vaccine

Also in the capital, where infection rates have been high recently, infection rates are somewhat lower than they have been recently. On Saturday, 228 new infections were registered, 16 below the average the previous week.

Since February last year, 97,410 people have been diagnosed with corona infection in this country.

At the same time, vaccination is steadily advancing, and now almost 700,000 Norwegians have received the first vaccine dose. Nearly 300,000 have received their second dose.

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