44 people now confirmed with Covid-19 in the Hurtigruten cruise outbreak
The outbreak is related to two voyages with the cruise ship MS Roald Amundsen, one from July 17-24, and one from July 24-31. The ship has been on two voyages around Svalbard, with boarding and disembarking in Tromsø.
– Four new cases have been registered among the passengers, one from Oslo, two from Trøndelag and one from Troms and Finnmark. In addition, there is one person in the crew who still had an uncertain test result yesterday. This has now been confirmed as positive, says department director Line Vold at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
The preliminary results show that there are a total of 44 people with confirmed infection on these two voyages; 35 among the crew and 9 passengers. The 9 passengers are from 6 counties in Norway: Nordland, Oslo, Rogaland, Troms and Finnmark, Trøndelag and Viken.
Important with local follow-up
The passengers on the two voyages must be quarantined and followed up by the local health services where they live. The quarantine period is ten days after leaving the ship.
The quarantine period for the first voyage has now expired. Passengers from the second voyage are from different parts of the country, but may be traveling or staying in another municipality besides their home municipality.
– It is important that all municipalities now receiving inquiries from passengers from MS Roald Amundsen and the voyage from July 24-31 prioritize testing, so that we can get an overview at the national level of the consequences of the outbreak, and thus prevent further spread. Passengers who do not have symptoms should also be tested, says Vold.
Points of contact for corona infection are differently organized in each municipality, so people should check the website of the municipality they live in. Relevant places to report could be, for example, the municipality's corona telephone, local clinics or other points of contact.