Bergen extends strict infection control measures for two additional weeks

Roger ValhammerPhoto: Marit Hommedal / NTB

Bergen is extending its local infection control measures for two new weeks. However, it will consider whether it should adjust certain measures and announce updates on Monday.

“Then, we will have a broader decision basis than we have today, and we will have a few extra days to assess the overall effect of the measures,” City Council leader Roger Valhammer (AP) said at the municipality’s press conference on Friday.

On November 5, Bergen introduced a number of strict corona measures, which include a ban on private gatherings with more than five participants and mandatory face masks in public places where it is not possible to keep one meter of distance.

“Flattened out”

In the last 24 hours, Bergen has registered 68 new cases of infection. 

In the last week, an average of 69 cases have been registered every day. 

The municipality has registered 358 infected people per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days.

“It looks like the infection situation has flattened out. That is good, but we can’t say that we have a clear downward trend,” Valhammer said.

“Unfortunately, people have to adjust to strict restrictions for another two weeks. 

“Such as the situation is today, there is no basis for believing that it is possible to make major changes in the various measures,” he added.

Christmas hopes

Valhammer, on the other hand, is optimistic about the people of Bergen’s Christmas celebration.

“People have supported the measures, and the development of infection gives room for hope. 

“The infection has flattened out, and we now hope to see a clear decline in the days and weeks to come,” he said.

Health councilor Beate Husa (KrF) shares the hope but issued a warning to Bergen’s people. 

“Follow the infection control rules carefully and keep a good distance. Start Christmas shopping early and go on times when there are fewer people in the shops,” Husa said at the press conference.

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