Thousands of Norwegians skipped their coronavirus test in Oslo

Corona testingPhoto: Gorm Kallestad / NTB
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A total of 4,500 people failed to show up at their coronavirus testing appointment in Oslo. In recent weeks, half of the test capacity in the capital has not been used.

Before the summer, the situation was the opposite. 

According to newspaper Aftenposten, the health service fears the consequences if a new peak of infection appears.

“A waste of time”

“When people do not show up, we sit here and waste time,” Mariann Engvik, who heads the Bryn test center in Tvetenveien in Oslo, said.

“They take up the time that we could use to test someone else,” she added.

She thinks part of the problem is that people cannot choose when they want to come, but are assigned dates and times.

Appointment system

“We think more people would turn up if they could choose the time for the test themselves. Today, they get the time from the municipality,” she said.

The figures show that fewer Oslo residents have chosen to test themselves than the authorities expected.

“We recommend everyone who has symptoms to get tested. We have the capacity to do that,” City Counc chief Raymond Johansen (AP) noted.

47 new corona cases in Oslo last 24 hours

On Tuesday, 47 new cases of COVID-19 were registered in Oslo. 

The day before, 54 new corona cases were registered.

Thus, there has been a slight decrease in the number of infections in Oslo compared to the day before.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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