Sunday, November 28

COVID-19: Norway braces for winter wave of coronavirus



A senior Norwegian health official said that the Scandinavian country “must be prepared for a bigger wave” of COVID-19 this winter, since the country is now experiencing an increase in cases.

“Based on an overall assessment, we think we are likely to have a wave (of infections) during the winter,” said Camilla Stoltenberg, director of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

But, given that more than 86.6% of those over the age of 18 are already vaccinated in Norway, he noted that it is not expected that there will be a large increase in the number of hospitalizations.

The northern Norwegian city of Tromsoe declared Thursday that had registered 62 new cases in the last day, a local record.

The mayor of this city of 77,000, Gunnar Wilhelmsen, said authorities they recommended the use of masks, social distancing and working from home.

On Wednesday, Norway reported 1,144 new cases of COVID-19, almost double than a week ago. Health authorities said that, due to technical problems, Thursday’s figures were not available.

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