Outbreaks of mutated virus in Bergen area linked to two large construction sites

Construction sitePhoto: Gorm Kallestad / NTB
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The City Council in Bergen fears the two mutated virus variants may lead to mass transmission. City Council chief Roger Valhammer hopes the harsh measures can reduce the infection.

“Both outbreaks are considered confusing, independent of each other,” Valhammer (AP) stated at a press conference on Sunday morning.

The municipal management now fears that mass dispersal may occur based on both outbreaks and emphasizes that the situation is confusing.

Although the number of infection cases is not high, there is great concern related to the construction site at Fantoft station.

“That is a hub, and here there are perhaps more than 100 possible close contacts,” City Councilor for the Elderly and Health Beate Husa (KrF) noted.

Strict infection control measures

A total of 16 cases of the British mutated virus and seven cases of the South African variant have been detected. 

The government has introduced strict infection control measures, which entail the lockdown of Bergen, Kvam, and Ulvik, as well as stricter measures for a further ten municipalities.

The contractor at the construction site told newspaper Bergens Tidende that they – so far – know of five workers who have been diagnosed with coronavirus, some of them with the South African mutation.

“I can confirm that several of the cases of infection are associated with our construction site at Fantoft station. It is a large construction site, and we discovered the infection on Wednesday last week,” general manager of Lars Jønsson AS Tim Helge Sætre noted.

On Friday, the construction site was more or less closed.

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

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