The resurgence in Østfold can last for several weeks

Espen NakstadOslo.Espen Nakstad : Heiko Junge / NTB scanpix

More than 200 people have been infected in the Coronavirus in Sarpsborg and Fredrikstad. Assistant health director Espen Rostrup Nakstad believes the outbreak will last for several weeks.

Assistant health director Espen Rostrup Nakstad tells VG and NRK that the outbreak in Sarpsborg and Fredrikstad is the largest in Norway since the spring.

– “I think it will take several weeks to get full control of this and beat this outbreak completely,” says Nakstad.

He refers to the already well-known recommendations for keeping distance, that people respect the quarantine rules and keep the pressure up in the infection tracking work to gain control and reduce the outbreak.

But he does not think that they are facing a situation where there is a lot of hidden spread.

– “This is probably the biggest outbreak since we got control of the pandemic this spring. It affects several municipalities at the same time, and even though these municipalities do a great job of tracing infections, and the laboratories analyze many samples, there is a fairly high risk that not all cases of infection are detected. Then there can be new clusters of infection and then this outbreak can take a little longer,” says Nakstad.

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