Norway to slow reopening as coronavirus cases creep upwards

Norway to slow reopening as coronavirus cases creep upwards
Prime Minister Erna Solberg. File photo: AFP
Norway has decided to hold off on a number planned steps to ease coronavirus-related restrictions in the country.

The country’s government is also considering implementing new restrictions, Prime Minister Erna Solberg said at a Thursday press briefing reported by national media including NRK.

Solberg did not specify the nature of potential new restrictions but said more detail would be given on Friday at a briefing involving health minister Bent Høie.

 

Norwegian news agency NTB has reported health authorities are planning Covid-19 test centres at border crossings, airports and ports.

The PM said that Norwegians are currently too relaxed about the threat of the virus at a time when infections in the country are increasing.

“We must actually follow the rules we have to stop infections. That’s why the government has today decided to put the brakes on a little, so that we don’t have to stop suddenly,” Solberg said.

“Nobody wants to go back to March,” she added.

More details of the slow-down will be announced on Friday, once final details are in place, she said.

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