FHI chief physician: Norwegians can start preparing for a life where corona plays a small role

Preben AavitslandPhoto: Tor Erik Schrøder / NTB
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Preben Aavitsland, the chief physician at the National Institute of Public Health (FHI), believes that Norwegians can start preparing for an everyday life where coronavirus plays a minimal role in their lives.

“Very few are admitted to the hospital, and less than a couple of thousand infected people are detected per week. The numbers are declining rapidly at the same time as more and more people are being vaccinated. 

“We will see some small outbreaks here and there, but we know how to stop them within three to four weeks,” Aavitsland told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).

A different day-to-day life

He says Norwegians can start preparing for a daily life where the coronavirus plays a very small role in their lives.

Avvitsland believes that the high vaccination coverage among the elderly and sick means that there are fewer and fewer people who can become so ill that they need hospital treatment.

In the rest of the world, mainly outside the rich part of the world, the pandemic will continue for a few more years, Aavitsland believes.

“Therefore, Norway must now shift its attention beyond (Norway) and see how we can assist other countries in stopping the pandemic.”

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

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