The chief physician at the University Hospital of Northern Norway thinks the country is heading towards a new lockdown

Mads GilbertPhoto: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB
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Chief physician Mats Gilbert fears that the high death toll could lead to a new lockdown of Norway.

The corona pandemic has so far claimed 1,093 lives in Norway. About 17% of the deaths have occurred in the last month, the newspaper Klassekampen writes.

“I think we could be moving towards a new possible lockdown,” Mads Gilbert, the chief physician, professor emeritus, and specialist in anesthesiology at the University Hospital of Northern Norway, said. 

“The death toll has increased week by week now… We are falling behind in the fight against infection,” Gilbert said, adding that we also do not know how much omicron infection in Norway hasn’t been detected.

The new variant is advancing

He also pointed out that even though Norway has high vaccination rates, it does not seem to stop the new variant from advancing. The number of corona inpatients who need intensive care is higher than before, and it seems to be increasing.

Gilbert believes that the FHI and the Norwegian government are issuing unclear and contradictory advice. He thinks the advice on Christmas dinner parties is incomprehensible.

“This disease is transmitted through the air. The risk of infection increases significantly indoors in rooms with poor ventilation,” he emphasized.

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

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