Number of new corona cases in Bergen remains high: “This is the highest rate we have registered in 2021”

Corona testingPhoto: Marit Hommedal / NTB

A total of 117 new cases of coronavirus infection have been registered in Bergen since Wednesday. The Municipality says that the infection tracing work is under a lot of pressure.

“The current infection rates are the highest registered in Bergen in 2021,” chief infection control officer Egil Bovim noted.

Out of the total, 82 of the new cases are close contacts, and five are cases of imported infections. In addition, as many as 30 cases have an unknown route of transmission.

According to the Municipality, there are most infected people in the age group between 20 and 29 years (87 cases). Furthermore, 44 of the cases are related to freshman week events.

Infection tracking efforts

“With so many infected people, the infection tracking work is heavily strained and in danger of collapsing. Earlier in the pandemic, the city’s residents have shown that they can roll up their sleeves when needed. Now people must take greater responsibility if they become infected,” Bovim said.

He added it might take some time before the infection tracers manage to contact those who have tested positive. He also asked everyone to follow frequently to see if their test results are ready.

“If you get positive tests, you must isolate yourself quickly, and we encourage you to notify your close contacts yourself,” Bovim said.

A total of 3,023 people tested themselves for corona in Bergen on Wednesday. So far, 8,860 people from Bergen have been diagnosed with corona since the start of the pandemic.

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

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