Two people die after an outbreak of mutated coronavirus in Nordre Follo

Ambulance workersPhoto: Ole Berg-Rusten / NTB
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The two nursing home residents at Langhus center who were infected by the British variant of the coronavirus have died. Nordre Follo Municipality is closing down.

The people were over 90 years old, according to the National Institute of Public Health (FHI). The outbreak of the virus includes 22 employees and twelve residents so far.

“This is serious since we have not yet found a known route of transmission for this outbreak, for example, from travelers from the UK,” department director Line Vold at the FHI noted.

Samples are being examined

The samples that detected the English virus variant were taken on January 3, in connection with an outbreak at the nursing home. 

Several new samples are being examined at the FHI.

“We expect to have more results from Nordre Follo at the beginning of next week, probably Monday afternoon,” Vold said.

Lockdown

The entire municipality will be closed until Wednesday, and residents are asked not to travel anywhere.

“This is a serious and confusing situation,” Mayor Hanne Opdan (AP) said at an urgent press conference on Friday.

The virus may have spread to a kindergarten, the Norwegian Directorate of Health wrote in a press release on Friday.

Høie: A serious situation

The corona outbreak of the mutated British coronavirus variant in Nordre Follo Municipality is serious, Minister of Health Bent Høie (H) stated.

“This is a serious situation that we have both feared and expected,” Høie noted in a press release on Friday.

“This is the first example of the spread of this virus in Norway where we do not know the route of infection,” he emphasized.

Source: #Norway Today, #NorwayTodayNews

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