The infection in Norway is increasing, but the FHI still recommends easing measures

Preben AavitslandPhoto: Tor Erik Schrøder / NTB

The vaccination of the Norwegian population has made the coronavirus far less dangerous. The FHI now recommends more relief even while the infection is rising.

Among other things, the National Institute of Public Health (FHI) proposes changes to the quarantine rules for close contacts.

“Extensive immunity in the population means that outbreaks are more easily brought under control and that few people become seriously ill. It is probably not proportionate to maintain intrusive measures such as strict quarantine for all close contacts,” the FHI wrote in its latest risk assessment on Monday.

In recent days, the government has considered what to do with the further reopening of Norway. Step four of the reopening plan was postponed until the end of July/beginning of August. New information is expected at the government’s corona press conference on Wednesday.

“Society has already opened up significantly, and there is only one step left. We have given our input to the government, which will eventually make a decision,” Preben Aavitsland at the FHI told NTB.

Infection increase

Last week, FHI director Camilla Stoltenberg announced that they expected the infection to increase in the future, and this week we see a clear trend in that direction.

The latest figures show that 330 corona infection cases were registered in one day in Norway, 135 more than last week and the highest number of infection cases in a single day since June 1.

In the risk assessment published on Monday, it is considered moderately probable that the increasing infection will continue over the next two months, with perhaps up to two to three thousand cases of infection a week.

The FHI considers that such an increase will have little consequence for the population, the health service in general, and the hospitals. Among other reasons, also because so many people are now vaccinated.

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