Friday 9/17/21

Norway records highest Covid-19 infection rate since pandemic's start

Health authorities, however, claim that the pandemic is under control despite the higher figures
Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg (L) meets with Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo on the sidelines of The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Summit. Photo: Benoit Doppagne/BELGA/dpa
Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg in Brussels. Photo: Benoit Doppagne/dpa/File photo.

Norway on Thursday recorded the highest number of new coronavirus infections since the start of the pandemic, with 1,294 positive cases.

In the past two weeks, there have been 152 reported cases per 100,000 residents, the health authority said.

Numbers have skyrocketed - specially in cities like Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim - after the end of the summer holidays.

At a school in Oslo, 79 people tested positive for the virus on Thursday.

Many places no longer have enough capacity to track down the sources of infection and the people who have been in contact with them.

'Under control'

"Many of those infected have many close contacts," Beate Husa, a health councillor in Bergen, told Norwegian broadcaster NRK.

Health authorities, however, said on Wednesday that the pandemic was under control despite the higher figures. The number of hospital admissions is rising, but still at a low level.

In Norway, around 62% of the adult population is fully vaccinated.