Over 2,000 tested for coronavirus in Norway

Frode ForlandOslo.Frode Forland.The Norwegian Directorate of Health.Photo: Fredrik Hagen / NTB scanpix

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More than 2,000 people have been tested for the coronavirus in Norway, according to the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI). Norway can run out of tests if one is tested unnecessarily.

There is a shortage of test kits both nationally and internationally and the director of infection prevention at FHI, Frode Forland, warned against unchecked testing and without basis, reported VG.

“If tests are unchecked and we test without any indication, it can happen. That’s why we’re pretty strict about saying what should be a good indication for testing,“ Forland told the newspaper.

So far, two-thirds of 147 confirmed cases of infection in Norway can be traced back to Italy. No one has become seriously ill.

FHI currently has “several thousand tests” in stock and is constantly trying to get more.

“We do not expect to run out if we follow the current strategy and we are constantly trying to get new material for all the laboratories that are currently conducting the tests,” said Forland.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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