An infected person has visited seven restaurants this weekend – VG

TRONDHEIM: An infected person has visited seven restaurants this weekend, municipal chief physician Tove Røsstad said on Tuesday. Photo: Gorm Kallestad / NTB

On Monday, seven new corona infections were detected in Trondheim. One of these has visited several restaurants in Trondheim during the weekend.

– There is a person who has been to seven restaurants, says municipal chief physician Tove Røsstad to VG.

Work is still being done to clarify the risk of infection for guests and employees.

– How many must be quarantined?

– We do not have an overview of it so far.

The municipal chief adds that it is not certain that the person has infected many:

– It all depends on how long the person has been there, where they have been sitting. The fact that a person has been to a restaurant does not make me very worried in the first place, because we have previously experienced that this has not led to the spread of infection.

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At the same time, they are taking precautions because it became clear on Monday that the outbreak in the city has to do with a new virus variant, ie a mutation.

The person in question has not been to Little London, but is infected by people who are connected to the ongoing outbreak.

– We now experience that we have a variant that can be a little more contagious, something we have in mind when we assess the risk and what measures should be implemented, says the municipal chief.

In the chairmanship meeting on Tuesday, municipal director Morten Wolden presented the status of the corona in Trondheim, the newspaper Nidaros reports. Among other things, he highlighted Monday’s infection figures.

– Then it is the case that some are quite active when they are in the nightlife. There are some who have been to seven restaurants over the weekend and had it pretty hectic. And when you are infected as well, it presents a number of challenges, says Wolden from the podium.

Ongoing outbreaks

WALL IN WALL: According to the municipal chief, the ongoing outbreak of infection in Trondheim must have started from a customer at Edge Barbershop who, via a close contact, brought it to the pub Lille London right next door. Photo: David Engmo

Seven new corona cases were registered in Trondheim on Monday.

There are now at least 40 infected people in connection with the outbreak that is said to have spread to the pub Lille London, the hair salon Edge and the bar Bermuda.

Five people are connected to the ongoing outbreak in Trondheim, among them three students in the same collective. One of the infected is associated with the outbreak in Hammerfest.

1109 tests were performed during Monday.

New variant of the virus

Municipal chief physician Tove Røsstad said last week that the outbreak in Trondheim could be due to a mutation of the virus that could be more contagious.

Samples of the virus were sent from St. Olav’s hospital for analyzes at FHI, which on Monday discovered that the virus variant has not been seen in Norway, and that it has marked changes in the surface protein. This protein looks like a crown, or thorn, sticking out of the virus.

SHORTER TAGS: It is the tags on the virus, the red crowns that protrude, that are shorter on the Trondheim virus. This is an illustration image and does not show the shorter tags. Foto: Maksim Tkachenko / iStockphoto

Two changes shorten the tag. It also has a slightly important change in the area that allows the virus to bind to cells in the body, said section leader Karoline Bragstad in FHI to VG.

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It is still too early in the analysis work to know what properties the Trondheim virus has:

– We actually do not know, we are tracking down others who are similar. It may be beneficial for the virus to have a shortened tag, maybe not. It looks like there is a link to the UK, that they have had some viruses that are similar and missing these amino acids (the building blocks of the virus’ protein, journ.anm.). But it is still early in the analysis work, Bragstad said on Monday.

The corona mutation that was found after the bus trip in southern Norway also had changes in the area that cause the virus to bind to cells in the body. FHI then said that this mutation could possibly affect the infectivity.

Published: 20.10.20 at 10:25

Updated: 20.10.20 at 11:29

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