Norway eases regional restrictions in Oslo area

Norway eases regional restrictions in Oslo area
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The Norwegian government is lifting the regional coronavirus measures imposed in the capital Oslo and municipalities in Viken county. But strict local restrictions may apply.

The restrictions are in place until Wednesday, except for Fredrikstad and Hvaler municipalities where they will last through Thursday.

“The municipalities will now themselves consider which measures they want to implement beyond the national recommendations and rules,” said Minister of Health Bent Høie in a statement.

Strict government restrictions were imposed in the municipalities at the end of January when a cluster of the mutated B117 Covid-19 variant, first recorded in the UK, was discovered in the municipality of Nordre Follo, about 30 minutes south of the capital Oslo.

In total, 25 municipalities in the region have been affected by different levels of government restrictions according to the ‘ring’ and ‘letter’ scales.

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“The municipalities will during the next couple of days decide on local restrictions,” said Høie. “It is important for the population to monitor the outcomes. The lifting of the regional measures does not automatically entail that restrictions will be eased in the municipality that you live in.”

Regional government restrictions are still in place in the Bergen area in the west of Norway, where different clusters of mutated variants have also been discovered. These measures are scheduled to last to February 22nd.

Norway had on Monday recorded 3,628 cases of mutated Covid-19 variants, according to data from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH). Of these, 2,502 cases have been discovered in Oslo and Viken.

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