Young people aged 10-19 account for 24% of all infections in Oslo. But they represent less than 10 percent of the city’s population.
It is especially young people in upper secondary school, aged 16 to 19, who are over-represented in the Oslo crown statistics.
With 5,368 cases of infection, they account for 10 percent of all infections in Oslo since March last year, despite accounting for 3.7 percent of the city’s population. In other words, they have almost three times more cases of infection than the population would indicate.
It was especially after school started that the number of infection cases among young people increased. Shows Latest weekly report from the municipality of Oslo.
52% of infections in the 10-19 age group have occurred in the past three months. Immunologists predicted that opening schools on the green level would result in higher infection rates. But infection rates increased so much that questions were asked in case children were exposed to too great a risk and if measures to reduce infection rates should be reintroduced.
4 out of 10 infected between the ages of 10 and 19
Authorities insisted on reopening and instead focused on mass testing in schools. In the past four weeks, infection rates have decreased, but young people aged 10-19 still account for a large proportion of all infection cases in Oslo.
Of a total of 2715 infected in the last 14 days, 1175 belong to this group. Then follows the age group from 0 to 9 years with 354 infected.
Infection rates have decreased in the last four weeks.
Authorities have believed that infection rates among young people will continue to decline as more and more people are vaccinated. And that has proven to be the case. While in the age group 16-19 years there were 702 cases of infection at week 35, there were 136 cases of infection at week 38 (20-26 September). Therefore, the number of infected has been reduced to 20% from the level it had four weeks ago.
Therefore, 10-19 year olds are heavily overrepresented in crown statistics. This is not the case for children 0 to 9 years old. They constitute 11.1% of the population and represent 10% of the cases of infection.
Lower percentage of vaccinations for 16-17 year olds in Oslo
According to health authorities, the most important reason for the decline in infection rates is that more and more people are being vaccinated.
- 87.4 percent of the population over 18 years of age in Oslo have been vaccinated.
- 67 percent of 12-15 year olds have been vaccinated.
- 60% of 16-17 year olds have received at least one dose of vaccine.
Vaccination of 16-17 year olds is well below the vaccination figures for the entire country. Nationwide, 90% of all 16-17 year olds have received at least one dose of vaccine. An important explanation for the fact that a small proportion have been vaccinated in the capital is probably that many 16-17 year olds from Oslo have been infected with the coronavirus in the last three months.
The director of infection control in Oslo notes that young people aged 16 to 17 have been among the last to receive a vaccine.
– In addition, they are in the age group with the most cases of infection. They can only be vaccinated three months after coronary heart disease, infection control chief Frode Hagen told Aftenposten.
The weekly report from the municipality of Oslo does not indicate infection rates for 16-17 year olds. But their statistics show that in the last three months, 2,466 people between the ages of 16 and 19 have been infected. If half of them are assumed to be 16 or 17 years old, then just over 1,200 at this age have been infected in the third trimester. This is almost 10 percent of all 16-17 year olds in Oslo.
The fact that so many have been infected may itself be one explanation for the decline in infection rates. When you have been infected, you are almost excluded from being infected again.