Tromsø is considering stricter corona measures: “This is a demanding situation”

Gunnar WilhelmsenPhoto: Rune Stoltz Bertinussen / NTB

In the last 24 hours, 17 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Tromsø. Among the infected, there were several students. 

The Municipality is now considering stricter measures – potentially even a lockdown. The route of infection is unknown for several of the infected, and the Municipality expects more positive test results, Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reports.

In the last week, 41 people tested positive for corona.

“It is a demanding situation because the outbreak has ramifications for many different environments,” Wilhelmsen said.

The Municipality is in contact about the situation with the National Institute of Public Health (FHI).

“We are looking at measures that could affect (the numbers), but that would mean less social contact. It could mean closing down institutions, clubs, schools, or other (venues),” Mayor Gunnar Wilhelmsen said at a press conference on Thursday.

Outbreak among students

Multiple infection cases are connected to the Student Society Driv.

The outbreak has taken a new turn, infection control chief in Tromsø Trond Brattland warned on Thursday.

“It is demanding to deal with an outbreak among students because they live in small dormitories or collectives, are social, and the potential for spread is high,” he noted.

There have been long testing queues in Tromsø, and Wilhelmsen says that there are big challenges with testing and tracking capacity.

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