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Officials in Øygarden municipality  (computer translated) in Norway are reporting two confirmed cases of omicron infection in the island municipality in Vestland county.

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The two people who are infected have been traveling in South Africa, officials note.

Mayor Tom Georg Indrevik says the municipality takes this very seriously.

“We have had contact with the National Institute of Public Health since the weekend, and extra precautions are being taken when it comes to those who are infected with the omicron variant”, says the mayor. He confirms that the two people who have been diagnosed with the omicron variant are improving.

Øygarden municipality has had increased cases of the coronavirus recently. Øygarden and the other municipalities in the region have already adopted regulations mandating the use of face masks and requirements for registration of guests at restaurants.

As a consequence of the general high infection pressure, the municipality will introduce additional infection control measures, says Indrevik. Indrevik was called by the Minister of Health Ingvild Kjerkol the morning before, where the mayor was given information on how the case of infection followed up.

The municipal crisis management has been called in for a meeting later this afternoon.