Up to 100,000 Norwegians may be able to be tested for coronavirus per week when we arrive in May, says acting health director Svein Lie to NRK.
“The prospect is of increasing it by several tens of thousands, and we hear that it may be possible up to 100,000, we think that is likely to be the case,” says Lie, who is the Technical Director at the Directorate of Health.
He emphasizes that there is uncertainty, since much is still under development, but adds that the estimate is based on credible assessments.
Increased testing depends on the capacity of laboratories, and that there is enough equipment to take samples and have the samples transported to the laboratories, he points out.
“We are working on all of this in parallel,” Lie tells NRK
The Directorate of Health believes increased testing capacity, along with a new app that will be able to track people who have been near to those infected, is important in the fight against the virus.
Comprehensive testing and the ability to trace infection from person to person and put them into quarantine, will make it possible to ease the rigorous measures affecting society as a whole.
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