Norway is considerably slower than Denmark when it comes to the analysis tempo of corona tests

Coronavirus testingPhoto: Jil Yngland / NTB
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While Denmark has analyzed almost 3,000 positive corona tests weekly over the past five weeks, Norway analyzed 321 positive tests from December until last week.

The Norwegian figures correspond to about 45 analyzes a week, newspaper VG writes. 

The newspaper compared the figures from the Statens Serum Institut (SSI) in Denmark and the National Institute of Public Health’s (FHI) latest weekly report. 

Norway also analyzed 72 samples in a newly developed faster screening method.

“Not satisfied with the capacity”

“We are not satisfied with the capacity, but we have projects and dialogue with other actors underway to get (more) capacity in place quickly,” FHI director Camilla Stoltenberg told the newspaper.

She added that – as far as she knows – only Denmark and the United Kingdom have better test capacity than Norway.

Magnar Bjørås, professor at the Department of Clinical and Molecular Medicine at NTNU, informed VG that they have the equipment and competence to carry out analyzes on the samples but that they have not yet been asked to do so.

“It is completely feasible, and this can be scaled up. It is possible to do dozens of tests in one day if you do it here,” he said.

Source: #Norway Today, #NorwayTodayNews

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