Health Directorate chief: The mutation could create a third corona wave of tremendous force in Norway

Bjørn GuldvogPhoto: Berit Roald / NTB

Health Directorate chief Bjørn Guldvog believes that the spread of the English coronavirus mutation could create a third wave of the virus in Norway.

“I would like to remind you that this variant of the virus is significantly more contagious than the virus we are already familiar with. 

“It has the potential to be able to propel the third wave – violent in force – through Norway,” Guldvog said at a press briefing after the outbreak in Nordre Follo became known on Friday afternoon.

“This is what we will try to avoid,” he added.

No lockdowns in neighboring municipalities

The neighboring municipalities to Nordre Follo are prepared to introduce new infection measures, but lockdowns are not probable, according to Guldvog.

“All the municipalities that were consulted were in favor of measures being taken in their municipalities as well. 

“This also applies to measures related to public transport and upper secondary schools,” he said.

The press briefing occurred after a meeting between the authorities, the Norwegian Directorate of Health, the National Institute of Public Health, and Nordre Follo’s neighboring municipalities and nearby municipalities of Oslo, Nesodden, Frogn, Ås, Indre Østfold, Moss, Vestby, and Enebakk.

When asked by Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) whether there could be lockdowns in the neighboring municipalities, Guldvog answered: “I do not think it is a question of (introducing) lockdowns, but there may be tightening of measures based on the situation.”

Source: #Norway Today, #NorwayTodayNews

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