The COVID-19 pandemic is over in Norway, according to one of the doctors leading the coronavirus response in the wealthy Scandinavian country.
Preben Aavitsland, chief medical officer in the Department of Infection Control at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, chirp On Sunday, a graph showing Norway with the lowest infection rate since the end of last summer wrote: “The epidemic is over.”
he is added In the VG newspaper: “Here in Norway, it can be said that the epidemic is over. We can start preparing ourselves for the corona that takes up very little space in our daily lives.”
Norway has one of Lowest infection rates In Europe across all three waves of pandemicThanks to the low population density and relative isolation of northern Europe, as well as the decisive measures taken by the government and health authorities each time infections began to rise.
Its cases and deaths have been much lower than in neighboring Sweden but also Denmark, which has taken a similar approach to Norway.
Avezland said that with very few patients hospitalized with Covid-19 and numbers continuing to fall due to increased vaccinations, there will be no localized outbreaks in Norway in the future. He said the authorities were well-equipped to deal with them.
“The fire chief was going to say: The forest fire is out, the danger to people and buildings is over, but there is still a little cleanup here and there, and we need to be careful,” he told state radio NRK.
The Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, credited Norwegians’ public trust in the authorities in helping with the Covid response, as well as a giant $1.3 trillion oil fund to cushion its economic impact.
“What we did right was that, first of all, we moved really hard and hard in the beginning,” she told the Financial Times last month.
It will take several years for the pandemic to be brought under control globally, Aavitsland said, adding that Norwegian authorities will increasingly showcase their expertise outside their home country. “It’s not over until it’s over for everyone,” he added.
Not all Norwegian health officials agree with his view that the epidemic is over in Norway. Espen Nakstad, deputy director general of the Norwegian Directorate of Health, warned that the epidemic is not completely over in Norway, and that people cannot relax until all adults receive their second vaccine doses in August or September.
“Then hopefully we can live normally again, even if the epidemic is not completely over in Norway of course until it ends in all countries,” he told NRK.