Testing activity in Oslo soars as Easter holidays draw near

Robert SteenPhoto: Berit Roald / NTB

On Wednesday, 8,000 people tested themselves for coronavirus in Oslo. Now the Municipality wants to test even more people.

“We have high testing numbers in Oslo. We are still working to increase the testing capacity further, and we want, among other things, to use mass testing in schools and workplaces,” Vice Mayor for Health in Oslo Robert Steen (AP) told news bureau NTB.

The Municipality asked national authorities to assess changes in the regulations and increase the analysis capacity to achieve its goal.

Thursday – 283 new corona cases

On Thursday, 283 new corona infection cases were registered in Oslo, 144 fewer than on Thursday last week.

“Even though the number today is somewhat lower, we must remember that it is only a daily number. We are in the third wave of infection and clearly see the results of the British virus variant in Oslo.

“It is more contagious and causes more serious illnesses. That is why the City Council uses the strongest tools we have in our arsenal to reduce the infection,” Steen said.

Steen: The situation is serious

He described the infection situation in Oslo as serious.

“The City Council follows the infection situation closely, and if people follow the rules and are generally careful about what they do, we expect to see the effect of the measures over the next few weeks. 

“But the Easter holiday must not be a holiday from the infection control rules. We now have strict measures throughout the country.

“That shows the seriousness of the situation, but also makes it easier to return to a normal situation more quickly,” he noted.

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