Oslo, which has successfully fought the first phase of the Korona, is now slipping into full-scale crisis. In its historic center and in the districts of St. Hanshaugen and Sagene, more than 100 infections per 100,000 inhabitants have been detected in the last two weeks.
For example, the travel limit set by the Finnish government is only 25 cases in the same proportion.
Dagbladetin according to as many as 15 districts now have at least 20 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
– I don’t think people understand the seriousness of the situation. It seems that city dwellers are as much in touch with each other as under normal circumstances, the city’s health officer Espen Nakstad said NRKchannel.
The authorities fear that Oslo could become the worst epidemic in Europe if the restrictive measures imposed on Monday are not respected. From Tuesday onwards, no more than ten people may gather in private homes. In addition, restaurants need to take customer contact information up.
– The order applies to all pubs, cafes and even Ikea restaurants, the chairman of the city board Raymond Johansen said at a news conference.
According to Johansen, testing capacity has been increased, but tracing of supply chains has proved too difficult.
– Young people can have up to 250 close contacts. Needless to say, it makes getting the chains really hard. At the same time, it also increases the risk of the virus spreading to healthcare professionals.
– If the number of infections is not reduced, we will have to resort to even stronger restrictions.
Among Finns’ favorite destinations, Korona now also penalizes Munich and Madrid, among others. Mayor of the Bavarian capital Dieter Reiter announced on Monday that by the end of the week, only five people or two family members will be allowed to gather.
– We need to dramatically reduce people-to-people contacts, Reiter confirmed.
Madrid, for its part, has introduced a partial curfew. The worst areas of the virus can only be left for their own workplaces and for mandatory food and medicine purchases. The ban affects a total of 860,000 city dwellers with more than 1,000 corona infections per 100,000 inhabitants in their home region in recent weeks.
Locals have protested against the restrictive measures. In their view, they are directed only against the poorest parts of the city.