Corona update: Strong infection spike in Sarpsborg

VaccinationPhoto: Gorm Kallestad / NTB

The infection rates in Sarpsborg are rising sharply. In the last 24 hours, 75 new cases were registered. “The mutated virus has taken over,” the municipal chief physician says.

On Friday, 45 cases of coronavirus infection were reported.

“The crisis management team was prepared for an increase in the numbers, and it is a serious situation,” Mayor Sindre Martinsen-Evje (AP) noted.

“The mutated virus has taken over. It is much more contagious, and we see many cases where one infected person infects almost everyone he or she spends a lot of time with,” municipal chief physician Karianne Jenseg Bergman said.

The Municipality’s crisis management team assesses the situation on an ongoing basis and says that even stricter measures may be needed. 

Bergman believes that they still have a good overview of the situation, despite the high infection rates.

Fewer close contacts

“Through infection tracing in recent days, we see that the vast majority have fewer close contacts than before. Many of the 75 who were infected yesterday were known close contacts of previously infected people,” she said.

Admittedly, ten of the infected people from Friday have an unknown route of infection, and that is worrying, she added.

However, Bergman believes that the strict measures introduced on Tuesday will have full effect in a few days. 

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

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