Medicine / Health, Illness | The Armed Forces sends 60 people to help with testing at Svinesund

On Monday, mandatory testing was introduced at the border, and Halden municipality has received assistance from the Armed Forces to handle the situation.

– To be able to handle the pressure with mandatory testing at the border, we asked this weekend for assistance from the Armed Forces. We get it now, so 60 people from the Armed Forces and the Civil Defense are requisitioned under command from the Home Guard, says municipal director Roar Vevelstad in Halden municipality to Moss Avis.

The assistance is initially valid until 1 February, but Vevelstad says that the municipality is already in dialogue about an extension.

National authorities have specified that an exception has been made for mandatory testing at Svinesund. It will take a few days before the test capacity is good enough, says Vevelstad. All the facilities are in place, but you need more people who can register and test.

A temporary exemption has therefore been granted to persons with permanent residence in Norway near Svinesund. They must be tested elsewhere as soon as possible, and within 24 hours, if the waiting time at the test station is more than one hour.

(© NTB)

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