SKIEN: At most, approximately 30,000 weekly were snatched from the repository. Now there is tension over whether the big new deliveries will come as agreed.
Sven Skara crosses his fingers, saying that everything is going as planned.
– We’ve only distributed a few thousand in the past few days. We are now waiting for 50,000 new rapid tests, which are coming this week, says the emergency coordinator in the municipality of Skien.
In addition to the expected delivery from the Norwegian Directorate of Health, the municipality has submitted applications through external channels.
– It takes time to get to the country. Skara says one supplier has the tests stationed in Denmark.
During 2022, the Norwegian Directorate of Health aims to procure around 30 million tests for the national repository. Significant deliveries are expected in the first weeks of the year.
The main reason for the urgent need is mass testing in schools.
This resulted in 8,000 exams being distributed in primary schools with a knife alone before the start of this week.
Today, we distributed tests to all secondary and secondary schools. We’ll also be giving out refills to primary schools, Skara said Tuesday afternoon.
Is the warehouse empty?
Not completely empty. We have made sure that some tests are available to the public. It is a steady and large flow. We have also helped other vacant municipalities. We were able to do this because we took dimensions early on.
These are the priorities for the rapid municipality tests:
- Testing of infected family members
- Test other contacts to check for symptoms
- Testing school students and staff in schools and kindergartens
People who do not fall into these four groups should contact a pharmacy to purchase a test.
The municipality of Skien notes that self-tests cannot withstand low temperatures. Thus, they must be protected from the cold.
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