Norway Detects New Type of Coronavirus With Faster Transmission Properties

© AFP 2022 / PIERRE-HENRY DESHAYESSigns reading "wash your hands immediately on entering the kindergarten" (top) and "Please ring the bell and wait, you will be picked up. Remember to keep at least a meter away from others" are fixed at a door of a "Espira Grefsen Station Kindergarten" in Oslo, on April 20, 2020. - Norway, which says it has the new coronavirus under control, started opening up pre-schools after a month-long closure. Authorities have said the reopening was possible because children have been less affected by COVID-19, although some parents have expressed reservations over the decision.
Signs reading wash your hands immediately on entering the kindergarten (top) and Please ring the bell and wait, you will be picked up. Remember to keep at least a meter away from others are fixed at a door of a Espira Grefsen Station Kindergarten in Oslo, on April 20, 2020. - Norway, which says it has the new coronavirus under control, started opening up pre-schools after a month-long closure. Authorities have said the reopening was possible because children have been less affected by COVID-19, although some parents have expressed reservations over the decision.  - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Norwegian health authorities have detected a new mutation of the coronavirus with a higher transmission capacity in the central municipality of Trondheim, local chief physician Tove Rosstad told the NRK public broadcaster on Monday.
"We don't know where the virus came from. No such kinds of the virus have ever been seen in Norway before. We also searched international databases but did not find this kind there either", Rosstad told the broadcaster.

According to the official, the Norwegian health authorities concluded that the virus mutated after it began behaving differently and infecting people faster than before. Rosstad believes that the number of new cases will only grow moving forward, as stated in the report.

The broadcaster said that around 1,000 people had been quarantined in Trondheim last week, including 800 who visited a night club in the suburbs. The local authorities have claimed that the situation remains under control.

As of Monday, Norway's nationwide toll of COVID-19 cases has reached 16,456, including 278 deaths.

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