Highly concerned about the virus outbreak

Health Minister Bent HøieHealth Minister Bent Høie .Photo: Ole Gunnar Onsøien / NTB scanpix

Health Minister Bent Høie believes Norwegian health authorities are well prepared to face the new Wuhan virus. He also describes the outbreak as worrying.

On Tuesday night, more than 4,500 people were registered as infected, while 106 people were confirmed dead as a result of the Wuhan virus.

Minister of Health Bent Høie describes the situation in Nettavisen as follows:

– An outbreak of a new and previously unknown virus from China is worrying. The virus can cause pneumonia and has spread to several other countries. High emphasizes that the authorities are closely watching and that they have close cooperation with WHO, the EU and other European countries. He also recalls that the National Institute of Public Health has updated travel advice on its websites.

“The health authorities in Norway are monitoring the situation closely and are well prepared if the virus comes to Norway,” he says.

In China, over 50 million people in Hubei Province now have limited freedom of movement to prevent the virus from spreading. Norwegian authorities do not advise Norwegians to travel to the Hubei Province.

Outside China, infections have been registered in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau, as well as in Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam, Nepal, USA, Canada, Australia, France and Germany.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today


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