FHI: South African coronavirus variant practically eradicated from Norway

Virus-sequencing-testingPhoto: Heiko Junge / NTB
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Travelers brought the South African virus mutation to Norway at least 20 times. Still, now it has – in practice – been eradicated from Norway, according to the National Institute for Public Health (FHI).

In a recent weekly report, the FHI concluded that it could be “that the chain of transmission of this virus variant has been broken in Norway.” 

The variant has triggered outbreaks in a number of places in the country. A total of 769 people have been diagnosed with the infection, newspaper Aftenposten writes.

In week 17, only two cases of the South African variant were discovered in all of Norway. One case was detected in Oslo, which registered only five cases in the last three weeks. The other case was detected in Troms and Finnmark.

A total of 4,100 infection samples have been analyzed in the last two weeks. Only 0.27% of the cases accounted for the South African variant.

In several other countries, the variant is still on the rise. It has played a key role in the ongoing wave of infections in India. The South African variant appears to reduce the effect of the vaccines, according to several studies.

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

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