In addition, there are reports from the UK about a third person from Saudi Arabia, who was admitted to hospital in August with similar clinical symptoms and later died. In this case, there was no confirmed viral analysis.
Coronaviruses form a large family of viruses that include the common cold and other respiratory viruses, some of which can cause serious illness. Based on the proven cases, the World Health Organization (WHO) and other infectious disease control authorities are now monitoring the situation and considering possible health impacts measures. As yet, WHO does not recommend travel restrictions based on the reported cases.
“The Norwegian Institute of Public Health is monitoring the situation closely and is in dialogue with the European Commission and the WHO,” says Dr Karin Rønning, Division Director at the Department of Infectious Disease Control.
“We have contacted the Infectious Disease departments at all the regional hospitals. None of these have reported admissions of patients with such acute illness,” says Rønning.