Solberg admits to weaknesses in Norway’s corona testing and analysis capacity

Erna SolbergPhoto: Lise Åserud / NTB

Lack of personnel may have negatively affected Norway’s coronavirus analysis capacity, Prime Minister Erna Solberg (H) admitted to the newspaper VG.

Denmark took more corona tests on Monday than Norway did during the entire last week, the newspaper writes.

“There may be bottlenecks when it comes to personnel taking these tests,” Solberg said.

On the other hand, Solberg added that they had increased the laboratories’ capacity. She also highlighted the focus on rapid tests, which do not require laboratory capacity.

Labor Party (AP) leader Jonas Gahr Støre was critical of the analysis capacity on Friday.

“I think it is a bottleneck for us now. With such high infection, comprehensive testing is an important strategy. Simply put, we are behind. It makes us vulnerable,” Støre told VG.

The Southern and Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority has the capacity to analyze 190,000 samples a week. That corresponds to 6.3% of the population in the region.

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

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