South African mutated virus detected in Bodø, Municipality suspects 18 cases

Tor ClaudiPhoto: skjermdump sending fra Bodø kommune / NTB

Bodø Municipality assumes that all 18 cases of the coronavirus that have been detected in recent days are cases of the South African virus mutation. One case has been confirmed.

On Thursday, the National Institute of Public Health (FHI) notified Bodø that a sample tested positive for the South African virus mutation.

“It was not exactly the message I had hoped for,” municipal chief medical officer Tor Claudi said at an urgent press conference late Thursday night.

According to Claudi, it appears that all 18 cases are cases of the same virus variant.

“It looks that way. We have found a connection between the 18 who are infected,” Claudi said.

No need for stricter measures

On Thursday, a total of six new people were diagnosed in Bodø. All are close contacts of infected people, and are already in quarantine, he said.

“These are people we know from before. Everyone is in quarantine.” 

Mayor Ida Maria Pinnerød (AP) said that there would be no new measures in the Municipality since the Municipality has already tightened corona rules. 

“We do not need to take any further measures now,” she noted.

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

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