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Coronavirus update: More infectious variant of Covid-19 Delta strain detected in Norway

By Jasleen Kaur -- November 15, 2021 6:11 pm -- Updated:Feb 15, 2021
Coronavirus update: A new variant of the Delta strain of Covid-19 has been detected in Norway, which is assumed to be no more infectious than other strains, according to the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH).

The NIPH reported the first case of the Norwegian version of the Delta strain in late June, and since then it has spread around the country, according to the latest update on coronavirus in Norway.

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Experts believe it to be no more dangerous than the regular Delta virus, and the existing vaccines do not lose their efficiency against it. "We have no data that the vaccine does not work against this variant, there are no significant reasons for concern," Karoline Bragstad, a senior researcher at the NIPH, was quoted as saying.

The variant has been recognised internationally as AY.63 and labeled as "first seen in Norway. Recently, Norway Prime Minister Jonas Gahr said Covid-19 restrictions would be reinstated throughout the country due to a surge in coronavirus cases.

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Although there won't be a lockdown, the Norweigian Prime Minister said people should get the third dose of the vaccine.

Norway Steps Up Coronavirus Measures After First Untraced Cases - Bloomberg

France and Germany have also witnessed a surge in Covid-19 cases. French President Macron had said those over 65 would need booster shots in order to extend the validity of the health pass while adding that "we have not finished with the pandemic".

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