Tuesday, August 3, 2021

The pandemic is over in Norway, claims public health doctor, as hospital admissions drop

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One of Norway’s top doctors has declared that the COVID-19 pandemic is over in the Nordic country, which has one of the lowest infection rates in Europe.

Preben Aavitsland, chief physician in the infection control division at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, tweeted a chart at the weekend showing the lowest level of hospital admissions for almost a year.

The doctor also wrote on Twitter
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: “Det var den pandemien” which, using translation software means “The pandemic is over with.”

Norway recorded 5.3 average cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 on June 6 on a seven-day rolling average of new cases, according to Financial Times analysis of data. This compared with 15 per 100,000 in neighbor Denmark, and 11.7 in Sweden but on June 3.

Read: Sweden is developing herd immunity, some of the country’s experts claim, but the figures say otherwise

More than 30% of Norway’s population have received vaccine.

Norway has performed better than its neighbors because of quick lockdown measures taken by its government, its relative isolation and the spread of the population across the country.

Read: Norway may drop AstraZeneca, J&J vaccines; EU will not take AstraZeneca one after June

Aavitsland later told television station NRK that smaller outbreaks of COVID-19 were likely, but “a fire chief would have said: the forest fire is out, and the danger for people and buildings is over, but there remains a little clearing up here and there, and we need to be vigilant,” the Financial Times reported.



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