More protective garments arrive

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 […]

Norway shuts down to control Corona

Restaurants, cafés, bars, schools, day care centers and many companies all over Norway were being urged if not ordered to close or dramatically limit operations on Thursday afternoon. Prime Minister Erna Solberg candidly admitted that new preventive measures aimed at controlling the spread of the Corona virus are the “strictest and most invasive” imposed on […]

No Birkebeiner as Corona spreads

The Corona virus has “entered a new phase” in Norway, public health officials declared Tuesday evening. New cases can’t be traced to infection abroad, and now even the traditional Birkebeiner ski race has been cancelled to discourage crowds and hinder the virus from spreading. As the number of Norwegians infected with Corona hit 277, much […]

Health minister faced a grilling

The Conservatives’ Bent Høie has ranked as Norway’s longest-serving health minister, but was told in Parliament Tuesday that public confidence in his efforts to battle the Corona virus is “fragile.” Complaints have been rising that health authorities lack a united front, meaning that measures aimed at halting the spread of the virus vary from region […]

As Corona spreads, shortages arise

Questions continue to fly over how well-prepared Norwegian hospitals and public health services have really been for a public health emergency like the Corona virus. As it continues to spread around the country, shortages of protective clothing, equipment and even testing capacity “can cause considerable problems,” admits state health director Dr Bjørn Guldvog. “This is […]

All counties now affected by Corona

All Norwegian counties from north to south are now reporting confirmed cases of the Corona virus, with the number of people testing positive nationwide hitting 169 during the weekend. As more health care workers themselves are exposed to the virus, authorities are asking everyone who’s been in major areas of infection abroad to remain housebound […]

Corona can thrive in cool, dry climates

A researcher at the University of Oslo believes the new Corona virus can be much more resilient in countries with low temperatures. That’s bad news for Norway, where confirmed cases of Corona infection have been rising quickly and are now among the highest per capita in Europe. “There’s a lot we don’t know about the […]

Corona chaos hits biggest hospital

UPDATED: Ullevål University Hospital in Oslo, forced to close its own busy clinic handling eye diseases, confirmed Sunday night that 19 people in Norway were confirmed to be infected with the Corona virus. By Monday evening the number had reached 25. New quarantine rules will now apply to all public health employees who have been […]

Norway registers first Corona patient

UPDATED: Norwegian health officials announced Wednesday evening that the country has registered its first patient infected with the Corona virus. On Thursday officials announced several more suspected cases and quarantines of those involved. “The person (officials wouldn’t initially specify whether it’s a man or a woman) was tested after coming home from an infected area […]

Health services braced for Corona

Norwegian health care services and local authorities have been preparing themselves for weeks to deal with confirmed cases of the new Corona virus. As more cases and even some deaths were registered in several southern European countries, local authorities figured it was just a matter of time before the first Corona case arrived in Norway. […]