The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) reports that since Christmas Eve, the proportion of omicron variants in the screened, positive COVID-19 samples from Oslo and Viken has exceeded 50 percent.
This is in line with what we have expected, says Preben Aavitsland, chief physician at the National Institute of Public Health. – We know that the virus variant is more contagious than the delta variant, it has increased in incidence since it was first detected at the end of November, and we expect that it will be the dominant virus variant in the whole country in a short time, he says.
There is some uncertainty about how representative the sample of samples for screening during the holidays is, but it seems that about half of the positive samples that are screened to find the virus variant in the Oslo region are now omicron. Updated, more complete figures for the new year will be able to tell more about how dominant omikron is about to become.
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