Eight new cases of the Indian coronavirus variant detected in Bergen

University Library - University of BergenPhoto: Marit Hommedal / NTB

Eight new cases of the Indian corona variant have been registered in Bergen. Infection control physician Egil Bovim assumes that they are connected to an outbreak at the university.

Elling Ulvestad, head of department at the Microbiology Department at Haukeland University Hospital, told newspaper Bergens Tidende that the results were obtained on Tuesday afternoon.

Several cases of the Indian corona variant have previously been detected in connection with an outbreak at the Department of Physics and Technology at the University of Bergen, and other cases have been expected.

“I would assume that it is related to the outbreak,” Bovim added.

It has not yet been confirmed that the new cases are related to the outbreak at the university.

Bovim: Not a surprise

“Subject to the fact that these are related to the outbreak, this does not make my heart rate rise sharply. It’s not a surprise,” Bovim noted.

Elling Ulvestad told newspaper Bergensavisen that he does not know if the new cases are connected to the university. He says that the latest tests show that the new Indian variant has been confirmed.

“It is not identical to the one we first found earlier this spring,” he said.

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