– The main challenge in recent weeks has been the situation in Bergen and the Oslo area plus a number of smaller municipalities around the country, says chief physician Preben Aavitsland at the National Institute of Public Health to TV 2.
In the last 24 hours, 162 infected people have been registered in Oslo. This is below the daily average for the last week, which has been 168 cases.
In Bergen, 25 new infections were registered on Tuesday, which is the lowest in several weeks.
The development in Bergen is very positive, says Aavitsland and hopes it continues.
Maybe turned around
It has now been a little over two weeks since Oslo introduced the social shutdown, which City Councilor Raymond Johansen said should last for three weeks.
On Tuesday, he told NRK that the measures may not be eased until mid-December at the earliest. Johansen tells Aftenposten that a decision on a continuation will probably come on Thursday.
Aavitsland, who works in FHI’s management and staff for infection control, environment and health, is aware that it is too early to ease the measures.
– In the Oslo area, there are signs that the increase has stopped and perhaps reversed, but increased efforts are needed for several more weeks, he says.
A number of national measures have also been introduced, including a national bar stop from 24.00 and a limit of up to 20 people at private gatherings in public places and in rented premises.
It is also recommended that one should not have more than five guests in houses, cottages and gardens in addition to household members.
The FHI superior says that they do not want to have intervention measures go on for too long.
– Many municipalities are quick to remove local extra measures when the situation is under control. It is good. I also hope that we can ease several of the national measures soon, but a comprehensive assessment must be made, says Aavitsland.
The municipal chief in Oslo: – This is a very serious matter
The graft, which shows the number of new cases of infection in the country, is already pointing cautiously downwards, says Aavitsland.
– It is going in the right direction, but it is still unstable and there is a danger of another increase. This is a virus that can quickly get out of control if given the opportunity, he says.
The superior says that there is always a danger that the epidemic may get out of control, especially in municipalities with persistently high numbers. He says that it all depends on how well the municipalities conduct testing and infection tracking, and how well most people follow the advice.
Restless for the pre-Christmas period
– We are still somewhat uneasy for the time leading up to Christmas. There are three things that worry us, says Aavitsland.
1) Crowding during the Christmas shopping. The advice is to start early and choose times when there are few people in the shops, he says.
2) Christmas table and Christmas endings. The advice is to do it digitally this year, or at least to follow the event rules strictly, he continues.
3) The students’ journey home from Oslo to the parents. The advice is that they are careful in the last days of the trip and the first days after arrival, says Aavitsland.
He says that around the country, several dozen municipalities have experienced smaller or larger outbreaks that they have gained control of through rapid efforts with increased testing and infection tracking.
The FHI superior says that this is precisely why we have avoided an uncontrolled, accelerating spread, in addition to people following the infection control advice.
Unlike very many countries in Europe, we have avoided a new lockdown in Norway.
– The key is to detect unfortunate development early; the larger the outbreaks, the more difficult it becomes to reverse them. We work all the time to avoid unnecessarily strict measures, says Aatvisland.
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