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Here is FHI’s advice: Keep the meter, but remove the pour stop

Remove the pour stop at 23. Continue with the meter. No number restrictions in private homes. Here is the advice FHI gives to the government.

The government is today presenting several reliefs in the infection measures. The Norwegian Directorate of Health and NIPH will remove several measures.

Can you throw the bandage on soon? Dancing close to the club? Meet colleagues in the office again?

Tonight it is time for another press conference. For many a long awaited one. Almost two years have passed since the first measures were introduced. Today, many of them are likely to disappear.

NIPH now has a lot of data that indicates that omicron gives less risk of serious illness than what was previously feared.

They therefore recommend the government to step down to a low level of action.

Want a “low level of action”

I sine recommendations to the government, which was sent as early as Tuesday 25 January, FHI and the Norwegian Directorate of Health therefore propose the following:

  • Continued recommendation to keep 1 meter distance.
  • Operation is simplified in most sectors, but the requirement for infection control-sound operation is maintained.
  • No number restrictions in private homes.
  • Remove contact-reducing measures in schools and kindergartens.
  • The traffic light model can be used at the green level for a transitional period. Transition to symptom-based testing.
  • More flexible use of home office.
  • Suggestions for alternative facilitations at public and private events.
  • No pouring stops.
  • Organized leisure activities can take place as normal both indoors and outdoors for all age groups.

Want less testing and no quarantine

The health authorities also propose that the government abolish the quarantine of infection completely.

In addition, it is proposed to test considerably fewer – primarily people who do not have symptoms.

FHI and the Norwegian Directorate of Health believe that it is enough to test people with symptoms, or people without symptoms who are most exposed to infection.

If the government follows this advice, there will be far fewer tests.

About half of those infected have previously been shown to have no symptoms.

Recommends a new assessment in four weeks

FHI emphasizes that it is important to maintain a high level of preparedness, and good monitoring of the situation going forward.

Omikron spreads faster, and the peak of infection is constantly ahead of us. Admissions with covid-19 will increase. The health sector must prepare for a lot of absences, writes FHI.

They recommend a new assessment in four weeks or earlier if the situation warrants it.

Low risk of congested hospitals

The Norwegian Directorate of Health believes that the risk of an overload of hospitals is now low.

“The Directorate considers that the greatest risk is now associated with the fact that high simultaneous sickness absence can affect the operation of critically important societal functions, including the health services,” the directorate writes.

On the other hand, the health authorities expect that more people may be admitted in the coming weeks.

FHI therefore does not rule out that stricter measures may be necessary later this winter.

“There is a possibility that the level of measures may have to be raised if the situation becomes unmanageable in critical sectors”, it is stated in the recommendations to the government.

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