Hundreds have to get tested after people infected with mutated virus visited several places in Trondheim

Ikea -Leangen - TrondheimPhoto: Gorm Kallestad / NTB

Hundreds are being asked to test themselves in Trondheim after people with the British and South African virus mutations visited several places in the city this weekend.

The call comes after two cases were registered in the Trondheim Municipality on Wednesday, newspaper Nidaros writes.

People who have been to 7-Eleven at St. Olav’s hospital between 11:00 AM and 12:00 AM on February 4 and 5, customers who have been to Ikea on February 6 between 6:00 PM and 6:30 PM, as well as people who have been to the store Melon in Midtbyen on February 7 between 1:30 PM and 2:30 PM are now being asked to test themselves.

Chief medical officer Tove Røsstad told Nidaros that people with both the English and South African variants have been to the abovementioned places.

One employee at Ikea Leangen has been quarantined, and warehouse manager Randi B. Schjetne says 400 employees have been asked to test themselves if they were at work between 6:00 PM and 7:30 PM on Saturday. 

She estimates that around 400 visitors may have stopped by during the period.

27 cases on Tuesday

On Tuesday morning, 27 infection cases of the British variant were registered in Trondheim, and infection cases associated with the outbreak have also been detected in the neighboring municipality of Stjørdal. 

On Wednesday, stricter measures were introduced in the city, in an attempt to control the infection.

The neighboring municipalities have advised the inhabitants to avoid traveling to Trondheim, Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) writes.

Stjørdal, Malvik, Skaun, Melhus, and Orkland have asked people to avoid all unnecessary travel, especially to areas with high infection rates. 

“Trondheim has tightened its measures, and the surrounding municipalities have agreed to follow suit,” Stjørdal Mayor Ivar Vigdenes (SP) told the channel.

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

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