Norway sings victory “Covid has defeated the epidemic, it’s over here” –

“The epidemic is over”: the words we all want to hear, uttered by Norway’s Preben Avetsland, medical director of the Institute of Public Health. First, the announcement via Twitter, complete with a chart showing how hospitalizations in the Scandinavian country are at their lowest levels since the end of last summer. Then came the most detailed explanation in the VG newspaper: “Here in Norway, the epidemic is over, so to speak. We can prepare for the coronavirus that takes up very little space in our lives. However, the advice I would give is to continue to respect the rules we set for ourselves. If we continue to do this soon, we will really get rid of Covid.” Today the rules are more “relaxed” than ours: in Norway, for example, it is recommended to use only a mask, it is not mandatory.

Speaking to state TV, Avetsland, he resorted to a metaphor: “The fire chief will say the fire is outThe danger to the people and their homes has passed, but little flames remain here and there and we must remain vigilant.”

However, not everyone in Norway is so optimistic. Deputy Director of the Norwegian Directorate of Health Espen Nakstad is more cautious أكثر: “We are seeing a gradual and encouraging decrease in hospitalizations but the epidemic is not over yet; Although in Norway we may see lower and lower infection rates as more people get vaccinated, this must be remembered delta variable It is spreading fairly quickly in the UK. This means that we cannot fully relax in Norway even Not everyone will have received their second dose of the vaccineUntil August-September:
The The vaccination campaign is going fast (28% fully vaccinated, 42% with first dose) despite state registration One of the lowest infection rates in Europe During all three phases of the epidemic, thanks to the low population density, the somewhat isolated location, and the immediate intervention of the government. Injuries and deaths were also lower than in neighboring Sweden – which has avoided lockdown – but also compared to Denmark, which has adopted a similar approach to Norway. Furthermore, Nakstad recalls, “It won’t quite end up in Norway until it ends in other countries too”.

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