Test capacity in Oslo under pressure: PCR tests to be replaced with rapid tests soon?

Robert SteenPhoto: Heiko Junge / NTB
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The corona test capacity in Oslo is under a lot of pressure, according to Health Councilor Robert Steen (AP). He wants to replace PCR tests with rapid tests.

The change must happen quickly, he told the newspaper VG.

“We must reduce the queues at the test stations on Monday,” Steen said.

On Thursday, Oslo Municipality sent a letter to the Norwegian Directorate of Health with a clear warning that today’s test offer will fall apart, resulting in unacceptably long waiting times and huge queues at drop-in testing.

Lack of tests

They also believe there is a lack of rapid tests in the city. Combined with the fact that a large increase in infection is expected in the coming weeks, Steen believes that the test system will soon reach a breaking point if nothing is done.

Oslo is asking national authorities to replace PCR testing with rapid tests.

“Of the 10,000 who come to take the PCR test in Oslo today, 40% have already used rapid tests – 4000 people come to confirm a result they already have. We have a need to reduce the queues, and the easiest thing is to remove those who have already gotten positive rapid tests – from Monday,” Steen said.

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