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Key figures for Norway
Total number in Norway since February 2020 (cumulative figures):
The figure below illustrates the number of new patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19 as the main reason for admission.
Intensive care admissions
The figure below illustrates the number of patients with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 admitted to intensive care.
COVID-19-associated deaths, by age and sex
As of 17.3.2022, COVID-19 associated deaths are monitored only based on data from the Cause of Death Registry and therefore include deaths without a laboratory-confirmed sample in MSIS. The new criteria have led to an upward adjustment of the number of reported deaths.
The figure below illustrates the number of COVID-19 associated deaths notified to the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
The figure below shows the number of cases reported daily in Norway since the start of the epidemic. The cases are displayed by the specimen collection date. There are 1-2 days delay between diagnosis and registration in the Norwegian Surveillance System for Communicable Diseases (MSIS). The number of cases is updated retroactively when new notifications arrive.
What is included in the figures for the number of reported cases?
COVID-19 is a notifiable disease to the Norwegian Surveillance System for Communicable Diseases (MSIS). The notification criteria for COVID-19 to MSIS have changed along the way. From the start of the pandemic, all PCR-positive cases were subject to notification to MSIS.
Since December 2020, cases diagnosed with rapid antigen tests were also required to be notified to MSIS. Throughout autumn 2021, there has been an increasing use of self-tests. Results from self-tests are not registered in MSIS. Until 24.01.2022, everyone who has tested positive for self-tests has been encouraged to take a confirmatory PCR test.
From 24.01.2022, people who have had a booster dose, or who have received 2 doses of coronavirus vaccine and had COVID-19 during the last 3 months will, as a general rule, no longer be offered a confirmatory PCR test or rapid antigen test at a test centre after a positive self-test. This will affect the number of cases reported to MSIS, primarily in the population over the age of 18, where we will capture a lower proportion of those infected than before. Data on reported cases are therefore not directly comparable over time.
By sex and age
The figure below shows the total number of confirmed cases in Norway since the epidemic began, by age and sex.
The maps below illustrate the number of reported COVID-19 cases by county and the reported rate by 100 000 inhabitants.
The map shows the number of reported COVID-19 cases by municipality.
The figure is updated with the number reported by midnight on the previous day. Cases in MSIS are registered geographically and are based
on the address in the population register. Therefore, there may be more cases reported in a municipality in MSIS than the municipality is aware of. MSIS also receives notifications that are not sent to the Municipal Medical Officer.
If you cannot find a municipality in the list, it means that MSIS has not yet received any notifications about people registered in that municipality.
What is included in the figures for the number tested?
The figure showing the number tested and the number of positive test results among them only includes data from people tested with PCR tests, not people who have been tested with rapid antigen tests.
Rapid antigen tests: From January 2021, more and more people have been tested with rapid antigen tests. These are not included in the data used in Figure 1. The weekly report presents total figures for both PCR and rapid antigen tests.
Self-tests: Since August 2021, adolescents have tested themselves on a large scale with rapid antigen tests, as part of the strategy to replace quarantine with testing. These self-tests are not registered in the MSIS lab database and are not included in the data used in Figure 1. Only those who test positive with the self-tests and who then take a confirmatory PCR test are registered in the MSIS lab database. These are included in the data for Figure 1.
The actual number of tests is therefore unknown and is far higher than those registered. In addition, the proportion of positive test results among those tested will be too high.
In the period before 1 April 2020, the number of tests were based on da
ta collected from the microbiological laboratories that analysed SARS-CoV2 samples during this period. The total number of tests during this period is 102,560.
The figure showing the number tested with PCR and the number of positive results shows data from 1 April 2020. Laboratory data are now retrieved from the new MSIS laboratory database. Electronic copies of results are sent directly from the laboratories to the MSIS laboratory database. The figure shows the number of people tested daily and the number and proportion of positive cases (reported to MSIS) among these in Norway since 1 April 2020.
"Number of people tested": A new test on a person is defined as a test performed at least 7 days after the previous test on the same person. If the person is retested after 7 days, the person is counted again. The previous day's figures can be adjusted at the ne
Figures showing the number of people tested and the number and proportion of positive results among these have been updated. The figure shows data from 1 April 2020. The positive cases in this figure are now based on reported cases to the Communicable Diseases Notification System (MSIS). There are therefore some adjustments in the data compared to the previous figure. In the period before 1 April 2020, the number of tests was based on data collected from the microbiological laboratories that analysed SARS-CoV2 samples during this period. The total number of tests in this period is 102,560.
The laboratory results are collected in the MSIS Laboratory Database. Each laboratory in Norway submits data electronically directly to the database. The figure below illustrates the number of persons tested and the proportion of positive test results among these daily since 1 April 2020.
"Number of people tested": A new test on a person is defined as a test performed at least 7 days after the previous test on the same person. If the person is tested again after 7 days, they are counted as a new person. Figures from the last few days may be adjusted with the next update.
Weekly reports and older daily reports
Daily and weekly reports (in Norwegian)
The last daily report in pdf-format was published on Friday 19th June 2020. Most of the diagrams in the report are shown in the diagrams and tables above. These are updated on weekdays at approximately 1 p.m.
Other COVID-19 statistics
Reproduction number - R
The reproduction number R will be presented weekly in the weekly report (English summary)
Inpatients in hospital
- COVID-19 - number of patients admitted to hospital (Directorate of Health)
The NIPH also calculates the total mortality in Norway through the NorMOMO-system. The status for total mortality is mentioned in the weekly reports.