About half of the new corona infected have been abroad

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In the last two weeks, around half of the new corona cases with a known site of infection have reported infection after traveling abroad, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) states in its weekly report.

The vast majority of those infected after traveling abroad have been to ‘red’ countries, which are subject to a quarantine obligation when entering Norway.

“The countries we have the most registered cases from are Kosovo, Serbia and Sweden. During the same period, 9 people were infected after traveling to Denmark, Poland or Germany, countries that at the time of entry were exempt from quarantine, i.e. so-called ‘green countries’,” says Chief Physician Siri Helene Hauge of the NIPH in a press release.

She is aware that there is still talk of low infection rates, despite the fact that there has been a small increase in infection. The NIPH expects a sporadic increase in infection rates in connection with local outbreaks and clusters.

“It is important that the gradual reopening of various functions in society is followed up locally through tracking of close contacts, isolation of those who are ill, high test capacity and implementation of quarantine according to current advice. Here it is important that the municipalities follow up,” Siri Hauge continues.

Only 25 Norwegian municipalities reported infection in week 30. 94 people were reported infected, which is an increase from 53 reported infected in week 29.

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