Corona infection was sky high in some immigrant groups. Now it is rising even more.

Corona infection was sky high in some immigrant groups. Now it is rising even more.
Corona infection was sky high in some immigrant groups. Now it is rising even more.

(Aftenposten): Now 57 percent of corona patients are born abroad. The authorities fear that the numbers will rise when many return home from Easter holidays abroad.

Import infections that come by plane to Oslo Airport have proven to be a major problem. For some destinations, 25 per cent of the flights have been corona-infected. Here, people who arrived from Dubai and Doha test on 26 January. Photo: HEIKO JUNGE

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FHI’s overview of infection on public transport shows that planes land in Norway daily with corona-infected passengers. Despite the advice to avoid traveling abroad, there has been a steady flow of travelers to and from Oslo Airport in recent months. The Norwegian authorities have now introduced mandatory quarantine hotels for those arriving from abroad.

Oslo Municipality and the health authorities have used large resources to reach immigrants. Nevertheless, the third wave has hit immigrants hard.

FHI’s figures from week 12 show that 16 per cent of Norwegian Pakistanis who have tested themselves in the last two weeks were positive. For Somalis, the figure was 14 percent.

In week 12, 57 percent of patients were hospitalized with covid-19 foreign-born, among them 20 Pakistani-born.

The differences in infection are increasing

On Tuesday, Aftenposten was able to reveal that every fourth aircraft from some destinations had corona infection on board. The proportion is particularly high on flights from Dubai and Istanbul, which are important transit airports for travelers from destinations in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Traditionally, many Norwegian Pakistanis have used the time around Easter to visit Pakistan. This year, the Muslim fasting month begins one week after the Christian Easter.

The country has a sharp increase in corona infection now, and the country’s Prime Minister Imran Kahn has tested positive for corona.

During the pandemic, there have been high infection rates among immigrants.

In mid-February, the total number of infected per. 100,000 in Norway 906 among Norwegian-born and 2312 among people born abroad, according to forskersonen.no. The differences continue to increase.

– Has tightened to stop infection

– These are high numbers. Therefore, we have implemented a number of measures. Now, as a general rule, persons residing in Norway must also present a certificate of negative test taken in the last 24 hours before entry. Furthermore, all travelers to Norway must complete a covid-19 test at the border, and they must wait in the test area until they receive an answer. If the test is positive, they must be immediately in isolation. Even if the test is negative, they must carry out quarantine, says State Secretary Hilde Barstad (H) in the Ministry of Justice and Emergency Management to Aftenposten.

She points out that a mandatory quarantine hotel has now been introduced for everyone who has traveled abroad on a leisure trip.

– If you are obliged, but refuse quarantine hotel, you can be fined. Norway has had – and still has – one of Europe’s by far the strictest entry requirements, Barstad emphasizes.

City council worried about import infection after Easter: Many immigrants plan holidays abroadNow more than half of the corona patients in Norway are born abroad

Published: Published: April 1, 2021 3:35 PM

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