A new wave of COVID-19 infections is increasing in Europe.
Infections have increased the most in the past two weeks in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Greece, Cyprus, Monaco, France, Italy and Germany, among other countries.
In other words, popular holiday destinations and destinations for many Norwegians.
After two years of strict restrictions on Corona – could the European flight also go directly to the basin in the summer of 2022?
In no way will Frod Forland, director of infection control at the National Institute of Public Health, spoil people’s vacation plans for the first supposedly normal summer since 2019.
But he mentions two important prerequisites that still apply to anyone who crosses the border.
– I have to check myself
First, the pandemic is not over yet. Secondly, it is still the responsibility of each individual to have an overview of the situation in the country that is the destination of the trip. There are different rules for vaccines and Corona excesses in different countries, Forland tells Dagbladet.
here Ministry of Foreign Affairs travel information With chances to click on what applies in each country.
On Tuesday, the European head of the World Health Organization, Hans Kluge, presented the infection status in all 54 countries of the World Health Organization.
By that time, infections had increased in 18 countries.
Norway has a 63 percent drop in WHO infection statistics, Sweden minus 40 and Denmark – 56 percent in cases.
In Spain, one of Norway’s main holiday countries, the number of cases has fallen by 29 percent.
here The case of infection in all 54 European countries – Updated for each. Saturday March 26 with an increase or decrease in infection in the past two weeks.
In countries outside Europe, infection is increasing sharply in the United States. There will be big waves of infection after three weeks from Europe, an American expert in infection control told Reuters news agency, based on the experiences of the past two years.
European outbreak of a highly contagious omicron variant. 2, later than Norway, is one explanation for the deflation in Europe.
Another explanation is that infection control measures were removed very abruptly in many countries that are now struggling.
The removal of restrictions led to the spread of BA. 2, and could also trigger other variants, says virologist Lawrence Young at the University of Reading, according to AFP/NTB.
Barely new measures
Could the new infection situation in Europe lead to new infection control measures in Europe?
It is hardly relevant to new infection control measures at the community level in Norway now. The director of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Frode Forland, says it is still important for everyone who has not yet been fully vaccinated to take the vaccine they are offered.
according to FHI’s latest weekly report73 percent of Norway’s population is now vaccinated with two doses of the vaccine.
53 percent received three doses.
Bachelor’s. Within a few weeks, 2 became the predominant form of infection in Norway with 92 percent of cases of the disease.
– It’s so hard to stop
Onland comments on the sudden removal of infection control measures and the possible link to a new wave of infections in Europe:
The most infectious omicron variant BA to date is very difficult to stop. 2 with social measures. An infection case that differs from Norway now may be related to the fact that BA. 2 earlier came to the Nordic countries. Forland says the lower vaccine coverage in Europe compared to Norway may also be an explanation.
It is also not excluded that the separation of infection control measures is relevant to the situation in many European countries now.
Priben Avetsland, chief medical officer at the National Institute of Public Health, believes the situation in Europe is now similar to that in Norway.
The massive Omicron wave sweeping Europe does not present significant challenges to hospitals. Both are prevalent immunogens in the BA and BA populations. Picture 2 of the disease, which is relatively mild, means hospitals in Europe are handling this wave well, Aavitsland tells NTB.
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