The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) said on Sunday that the new Covid-19 variant-first detected in the UK-was found in two people in Norway.
The institute said in a press release that the variant was discovered in two people travelling from the UK in December.
NIPH department director Line Vold said that more tests will be conducted and close contacts will be closely tracked to reduce the risk of further spread. She also said that despite “reasons for caution, it is still uncertain how important the variant is in spreading the virus.”
She added that the usual measures to deal with this pandemic, such as staying at home when sick, testing, social isolation, isolation measures and limited gatherings, are also important to control this variant.
On Saturday, the Public Health Agency of neighboring Sweden announced that the virus had been diagnosed in the Samran area on the outskirts of Stockholm.