Wednesday, May 18

Oslo will replace PCR tests with rapid tests: – We can no longer do it

The test capacity in Oslo is about to kneel. This is what health councilor Robert Steen (Labor Party) tells VG.

Robert Steen is a health councilor in Oslo. He sounds the alarm on behalf of the municipality’s test capacity.

In Oslo, there are already long queues for corona testing. In addition, the infection is on the rise and the quarantine will be replaced with even more testing. Oslo Health Councilor Robert Steen (Labor Party) is now very concerned about the capacity.

– We are probably days away from the system failing to deliver, he says VG.

– Now the test regime is overloaded and we can no longer do it, Steen says.

Oslo municipality sent a letter to the Norwegian Directorate of Health on Thursday, the newspaper writes. There they write that the test offer will quickly break down. The waiting times will be “unacceptably long”. The queues will be “huge”. And not only that: they do not have enough quick tests.

Around 10,000 people are tested daily in Oslo, according to Steen. About 40 percent of them have already received a positive response to a rapid test and will have the result confirmed by PCR test.

Now Steen is asking for changes.

– We have a need to reduce the queues, and the simplest is if we can remove those from Monday who have already taken a positive quick test, he says to VG.

The government’s plan is to replace quarantine with testing. Now they are just waiting for there to be enough tests. The National Institute of Public Health (NIPH) and the Norwegian Directorate of Health have already been eager for this change.

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