The government introduces mass corona testing in Norwegian schools

Erna SolbergPhoto: Terje Pedersen / NTB

As part of the reopening, the Norwegian government is introducing mass testing of schoolchildren. Initially, it will include secondary and upper secondary schools.

“This can lead to us being able to keep the schools open and avoid the ‘red’ level in the future,” Prime Minister Erna Solberg (H) told newspaper Aftenposten.

“I have said it before, and I repeat it now: We can not test ourselves out of the pandemic, even though there are some countries that seem to have thought just that,” she said.

Solberg emphasizes that the most important thing in the future will still be to adhere to the so-called TISK strategy, i.e., testing, isolation, infection detection, and quarantine.

Limiting negative consequences

“But we can now work more systematically with testing to limit the most negative consequences of the pandemic,” she added.

Both national and local Norwegian authorities have repeatedly stated that they want to prioritize children and young people. 

They have pointed out that this is a vulnerable group, and that is also how Solberg justifies the mass testing measure.

“They are among those who have been most exposed to the measures,” Solberg noted.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayEducation

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