No trace of the coronavirus in the returning Norwegians from China

China Virus OutbreakIn this Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, photo released by Xinhua News Agency, nurses work at an ICU ward specialised for patients infected by coronavirus in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province. The fresh national figures for the disease that emerged in China in December came as the number of viral infections soared mostly in and around the southeastern city of Daegu, where they were linked to a local church and a hospital. (Xiao Yijiu/Xinhua via AP)

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The Directorate of Health confirms that there was no trace of the coronavirus in the Norwegians who returned from Wuhan on Friday.

On Friday night, the Foreign Ministry announced that three Norwegians had been brought home from the virus-stricken Wuhan area in China.

– “They have been tested on the basis that they have been in this vulnerable area. This was done to make sure that they did not bring the infection back with them,” emergency preparedness director Steinar Olsen in the Directorate of Health told NTB on Friday night.

On Saturday, the Directorate of Health confirms that the results of the tests are clear and that they do not show traces of coronary infection.

Thus, there are so far no confirmed cases of the covid-19 virus in Norway.

Wuhan is the city where the new coronavirus was discovered in December last year. The city has over 11 million inhabitants and is the capital of Hubei Province.

In mainland China, until Saturday, more than 76,000 infected persons were registered, of whom 2,345 died. Most were in the Hubei Province.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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