Health institute: 135 cases of the mutated British virus have been detected in Norway

Coronavirus testingPhoto: Gorm Kallestad / NTB

A total of 135 cases of the British mutation of the coronavirus have been detected in Norway – 53 more than on Tuesday, according to the National Institute of Public Health (FHI).

The FHI now analyzes far more corona samples for the virus mutation than before, and several of the new cases are related to samples from some time ago. 

According to newspaper VG, the week with the most proven cases of the mutation is week 1, with 37 cases. 

A total of 87 of the detected cases date from 2021, 26 detected cases originate from samples taken last week, and 24 from samples taken the week before.

So far, 1,147 virus samples taken in December and January have been analyzed for the mutation, according to the FHI’s statistics pages.

Nordre Follo outbreak

Until the outbreak in Nordre Follo in Eastern Norway, all cases of the mutated variant in Norway could be directly linked to travel abroad. 

The outbreak is the first known case of the mutant virus being transmitted between people in Norway. 

Very strict measures have been introduced in many municipalities in Eastern Norway, including the capital, as a result of the outbreak.

The FHI also analyzes virus samples to look for the South African mutation of the virus. However, this mutation has only been detected in two cases in Norway – both in connection with travel.

Source: #Norway Today, #NorwayTodayNews

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