It doesn’t look like the corona pandemic is over right yet. Omikron variant BA. 5 is causing the infection pressure to increase in Portugal these days. The country is now in what is referred to as the sixth wave of COVID-19.
On Wednesday, the country’s health authorities confirmed 26,848 cases and 47 deaths related to the coronavirus Watchman.
This was the highest number of daily injuries and deaths recorded since February 17.
In total, nearly 990,000 infections were recorded in April and May in the country. This is 21 percent of the number of infected people since the epidemic began, According to The Portugal News.
– We’re not too worried here in Norway. But we still have viruses circulating and we should expect new waves, says Frode Forland, director of infection control at FHI.
It came directly from an assessment conducted by the European Agency for Infection Control in Stockholm.
The infection is slightly increasing in some countries. Our interpretation is that there are some countries, such as Portugal, that did not have a large omicron wave. Now they get it through BA. 5 or BSc. 4, says Forland.
In Norway we had a wave with omikron BA. 2 this winter. This means that we are better protected.
90% of cases
The number of infected and the number of deaths in Portugal will now increase as a result of BA. 5 different types of corona virus.
In April, 1,455 deaths or due to covid-19 were reported in Portugal. The number of deaths in April represents six percent of the total number of coronavirus deaths reported in Portugal.
On Tuesday, the National Institute of Health Doutor Ricardo Jorge (INSA), which aligns with Portugal’s FHI, said the new BA. 5 now accounts for 90 percent of new COVID-19 infections. This is according to Euro News.
New variants of omikron are somewhat more contagious.
– BA. 5 is more contagious, and we also see this in the fact that it takes over BA. Forland says 2 was dominant, but there is no evidence that it causes more serious disease.
Waterfalls in neighboring countries
The infection pressure in Portugal is also unusual for the region. In France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Spain, the number of infected has been steadily declining over the past two months.
The number of hospitalizations and the number of patients in intensive care units is expected to remain high in Portugal until the end of June.
Last week, Portugal recorded 2,447 new cases of Covid-19 virus per million inhabitants. In contrast, 447 injuries per million were recorded in neighboring Spain, according to Euronews.
Although the infection rate is increasing in Portugal, it is still just over a third of the number of daily infections as it was at the end of January.
The wave of infections has raised concerns for the country’s tourism industry, but according to sources who spoke to Reuters, no cancellations have been reported so far.
More than 90 percent of Portugal’s population has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
“Portugal is probably the European country with the highest rate of this subtype, and that partly explains the large number of new cases we’re seeing,” Health Minister Marta Temedo said.
In April, most of the Corona measures in Portugal, including the use of bandages, disappeared.
Health Minister Temidou said that the use of face masks is still recommended and authorities are providing a booster vaccine for the most vulnerable, but there are no plans to impose new restrictions on Corona.
Slight increase in Norway
BA share. And 5 of the reported cases of COVID-19 are on the rise in Germany. At the end of April, the stake was BA. 5 in Germany 0.2 percent of cases, compared to 5.2 percent reported on May 22. In Germany it is a BA. 2 It is the predominant case, with 96 per cent of cases.
On Thursday, Germany reported 46,327 new cases of the COVID-19 virus, and 124 deaths or cases of COVID-19 disease. The infection pressure in Germany has decreased since the end of March.
else Weekly report from the National Institute of Public Health (NIPH), published on May 25, shows a slight increase in the number of inpatients with covid-19 as the main cause at week 19. This occurred after nine weeks with a decrease in the number of inpatients. At week 20, a slight decrease has been recorded so far. At week 20, 66 new patients were enrolled.
– The downward trend that we have seen in Norway since the eighth week, stopped a few weeks ago. Forland says infection is now at a stable low.
Most of them are elderly
The topic manager says the infection pressure in Norway now follows the age groups of the most vulnerable. Older adults over the age of 75 now have the most infections, while the pressure of infection is lower in young children.
Frode Forland advises Norwegians traveling this summer to follow the rules that apply to your country.
There are still restrictions in some countries on the use of masks. You still need a Corona certificate, and there are slightly different rules, Forland says.
FHI reports are now published every two weeks. As of May 22, the FHI has recorded a total of 3,141 deaths associated with covid-19, by or with covid-19. The number of reported deaths has decreased over the past eight weeks.
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