New supplies of protective garments and gear for medical personnel were being trucked out to hospitals all over Norway on Monday. Included among the replenishments is around a million face masks.
Prime Minister Erna Solberg was among those relieved, after concerns of looming shortages as the Corona virus spreads and more patients are admitted to hospital. “This has been one of our post important points, whether we had enough protective gear and whether we could get enough,” Solberg told reporters from a warehouse at Skedsmo, northeast of Oslo, where the supplies were being loaded onto trucks.
She wouldn’t identify the supplies’ countries of origin, because of huge international demand and difficulty in obtaining the gear. “We’re still working with all the contacts we have,” Solberg said. “Now there’s also a European purchasing cooperation that we’ve joined. In addition we have more production here in Norway.”