Reason to keep the recommendation for face masks a little longer

A man with a face maskOslo.A man with a face mask.Photo: Stian Lysberg Solum / NTB scanpix

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On Monday, the authorities’ recommendation for face masks expires. Director of Studies Frode Forland, at the National Institute of Public Health, believes that there is reason to keep the recommendation for a while longer.

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The recommendation to use face masks on public transport in Oslo and Indre Østfold was introduced from 17th August and basically lasts until 31st August.

At Tuesday’s corona press conference, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health’s director Frode Forland said that the infection is now at about the same level as when the recommendation was introduced, with around 50 new cases a day.

“It is still a relatively high level, and I think that it may be a reason to keep that measure for a little longer until we can measure the effect of it even better”, said Forland.

Health director Bjørn Guldvog said that the directorate on Tuesday met with colleagues from the other Nordic countries, where face masks were one of the main topics.

“There are interesting experiences from the other countries, such as from Denmark, which has introduced mandatory use of face masks on public transport. We have not concluded the discussion, but it is important to get good inputs from the other countries”, said the Health Director.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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