The town, located around 60 kilometres south of capital Oslo, has registered 123 infections throughout the coronavirus crisis but 24 in the last 14 days including three new cases reported Tuesday morning, according to figures from the Moss municipality and Norwegian media reports.
“This is a serious reminder that we are still in the middle of a pandemic with a virus that spreads quickly,” local politician Hanne Tollerud said in a Moss Municipality statement.
Most of the new infections can be traced to a private event, Kristian Krogshus, a senior consultant doctor in Moss Municipality, said on Monday. The three new cases were near contacts to this infection cluster, according to a later statement by the municipality reported by NRK.
The event in question did not take place in Moss itself, according to the municipality, which said it was unable to give further details.
Krogshus said that eight cases can be traced to recent travel to countries designated “green” by health authorities, meaning they are considered safe for leisure travel.
But the 13 most recent cases as of Monday, which could not be linked to travel, must be considered a local outbreak, Krogshus said.
“We understand very well that people in Moss will be worried when they see these numbers. I am too. This is a strong signal that the corona epidemic is not over and that we must all continue to keep our distance, not gather in too great a number and, perhaps most importantly, wash our hands and stay home when we feel unwell,” he said in the municipal statement.
Seven people were hospitalised with coronavirus in Norway as of Monday, an increase of four since Friday. One person is receiving ventilator treatment.
A total of 255 deaths due to the coronavirus have been reported, though none have been registered since July 17th. Norway has registered 9,117 cases since the beginning of the outbreak.