For the first time since June 23, there are zero active corona cases in the Norwegian Army

Army testingPhoto: Torstein Bøe / NTB

For the first time since June 23, no one in the Army has been infected with the coronavirus, according to what press and information officer Rolf K. Ytterstad in the Army told NTB.

“Today is the first time in a long time that we can say there are zero active cases of the coronavirus in the Army. There is no COVID infection here at all,” he said.

Earlier this year, the coronavirus led to the cancellation of the big military exercise Joint Viking, among other things. Around 10,000 soldiers were supposed to take part, of which around 3,400 were Allied participants from abroad.

Ytterstad says there has been little infection in the Army in recent weeks, but to the extent that infection has appeared, it has been from outside – when people have been on leave.

Several outbreaks

In the past, however, there have been some outbreaks. On July 1, Forsvarets Forum wrote that 37 people had been infected after a pub visit to Heidi’s bar in Tromsø in June. None of them were seriously ill.

The last time the Army was infection-free was the week between June 16 and 23. 

“The Army has become very good at dividing people into cohorts, testing, and having personnel living in tent camps outside the camp fence for 10-14 days,” Ytterstad said.

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