Update: 61 cases of British coronavirus mutation confirmed in Oslo

Raymond JohansenPhoto: Terje Pedersen / NTB

A total of 61 cases of the British mutation of the coronavirus have been detected in Norway’s capital, Oslo’s Vice Mayor for Health Robert Steen (AP) announced. 

The number of cases increased by 20 compared to Sunday’s figures from the National Institute of Public Health (FHI).

Seven of the cases have been found at Smestadhjemmet, which is the only incident that resembles an outbreak of the British variant in Oslo, according to Steen.

The remaining 54 cases have been reported among the Municipality’s various districts.

“We have good control”

“Most (cases) are related to travel abroad, outbreaks in other municipalities, or close contacts of these,” Steen said at a press conference on Monday.

“What is important is whether we can track the transmission paths, identify close contacts, and put people in isolation quickly. In that context, we have good control,” Steen said.

He also said that Norwegians must learn to live with the mutated variant.

“We must strike it down as forcefully – if not more forcefully – as the usual variant. We are at an infection level that is still low, so I think it is possible,” he concluded.

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