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The government, the Norwegian Directorate of Health and the FHI explained today the situation in Korana at 12.30. Universities, colleges and schools are now returning to normal.
All remaining adults should wait until they are vaccinated, i.e. at 5-12 weeks. September. The reason is that the infection is still spreading.
– Vaccine coverage is already high, but the infection has increased again in recent weeks. FHI Director Camila Stoltenberg says it has spread to Norway as fast as many other countries.
By Friday morning, it was clear that Norway would be over One million additional vaccine doses From Poland. Thus, the FHI estimates that the full adult population will be fully vaccinated by the 36th day of the week, that is, by Sunday, September 12th.
Additional doses make it possible to vaccinate both 16- and 17-year-olds after evaluation.
The government believes the vaccine is a way to return to normal. On Tuesday, a health minister arrived The good news: One meter will be raised by the end of September.
Step four is introduced when all adults are protected
At the same time, the government is postponing the fourth phase of reopening. The move was postponed earlier, first July 5, then July 28.
What this means is that up to 500 people can gather at a private event in a public place, and up to 500 people can gather at a public outdoor event with up to 500 collectively divided and fixed allotted seats.
While the FHI believes all adults will be vaccinated, authorities are now targeting September 5th.
This week, most people over the age of 18 are now vaccinated. This means that after three weeks they are well protected from serious illness and death. He says we will go to the fourth step in reopening Norwegian society when protection is provided to everyone over the age of 18.
Health Minister Bent Hay says these are not the dates that will determine when data and step four can be introduced.
– But today is the most probable time of the first three weeks, he says when listening to TV2.
Opens universities and schools
Although the fourth level will be postponed, officials suggest that universities and colleges may be reopened to normal operation. Schools can be opened at the green level from the beginning of the semester.
– There is good news for students. We make exceptions from remote needs during teaching, hey says.
In addition, temporary exemptions from non-high school rules will be extended until the end of September.
– However, I would like to emphasize that the green condition is not completely normal. We recommend avoiding squeezing and shaking as much as possible, says Health Director Bjன்rn Goldwalk.
This simplifies entry rules for children. All children crossing the border in contact with their parents do not have to complete the coronation test before arriving.
Children between the ages of 12 and 18 will now be isolated and have a PCR test taken three to five days after they arrive.
Eliminates isolation requirements for protected individuals
Health officials believe we have entered a phase of epidemic in which the use of isolation for the protected is disproportionate.
– The use of isolation is a pervasive measure. And it is not proportional to the number of people vaccinated. Therefore, there are exceptions to the isolation of infection for those who have been fully vaccinated. Caregivers who have been given a dose and waited three weeks are also exempt, and they are being tested three days later, Health Director Goldwalk said.
Children will also be exempt from isolation.
From August 16th, children and young people under the age of 18 can be isolated in class, at leisure, or in the circle of friends if anyone is affected. The prerequisite is that they are constantly being tested, Goldwalk says.
Vaccine for children
On Tuesday, Health Minister Hei announced that municipalities must prepare vaccines for 16- and 17-year-olds after they have been fully vaccinated.
The final decision will be made in August instead of the original date in September.
Health Minister Hai says if we agree to provide a vaccine for this group, the extra doses now available will make it possible for municipalities to vaccinate 16- and 17-year-olds in a few weeks.
– The epidemic is not over
Now, as before, contagion and uncertainty around the delta variation are a barrier to re-opening.
– The epidemic is not over yet. Mutations that can cause more serious illness can occur, Hoi stressed at the press conference.
The infection is still spreading fast.
The FHI’s latest weekly report puts the breeding number at 1.2. In the last three weeks, the number of reported cases has increased, an increase of 32 percent compared to the previous week.
People who are vaccinated can get corona, but rarely get serious infections from it. As most Norwegians are protected by the vaccine, infection rates are of less importance.
– Infection rates are rising, and I know this is causing concern for many. Because we have returned to the fact that waves of infection can lead to disease, death and even more obvious austerity. If we had looked at statistics like we did six months ago now, we would have been warned of difficult moves long ago. But the fourth wave will not be as dangerous as the waves we experienced before, Hi says today.
The big question at the upcoming reopening is how confident the authorities are in vaccines and how high the threshold for infection will be at an acceptable level.
– We have to live with this virus
A team of British researchers involved in the development of the Oxford / Astrogeneca vaccine Went out earlier this week And said herd immunity was distorted by delta variation.
At the same time, vaccines provide good protection against serious illness, and researchers believe it is time to return to normal until the disease load is low.
Bent Hay says that even after reopening, the corona virus will remain a part of everyday life.
We live with this virus just like any other infectious disease. He told a news conference on Friday that it was not possible to completely eliminate the risk as it was not possible with other diseases.
However, after reopening in September, it will be marked by greater readiness.
– In municipalities with eruptions, measures may still be required. Hey says municipalities need to make sure they have the capacity to carry out infection monitoring and provide health care to their citizens.
New strains of the virus in particular can cause side effects.
– Viral mutations that can lead to more serious disease can occur, and mutations like the vaccines we now use – have a bad effect. Therefore, we prefer a normal daily life, but with increased readiness. We will monitor the situation nationally and internationally.
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