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Covid-19: Norwegian health minister says return to national restrictions ‘could be relevant’

Minister for Health and Care Services Ingvild Kjerkol said on Wednesday that national restrictions to restrict the spread of Covid-19 could return.

Norwegian children return to kindergarten following the lifting of restrictions in April 2020. The country's health minister says national restrictions, lifted in September, could be 'relevant' to reintroduce if cases of the virus escalate.
Norwegian children return to kindergarten following the lifting of restrictions in April 2020. The country's health minister says national restrictions, lifted in September, could be 'relevant' to reintroduce if cases of the virus escalate. Photo: Pierre-Henry DESHAYES / AFP

Norway’s remaining Covid-19 restrictions were broadly lifted last month, with local authorities retaining the right to introduce restrictions locally.

But a return to national measures was not ruled out by Kjerkol, who said in a statement that such a move “could be relevant”. No specific timeline was given for any potential reintroduction of measures.

“The pandemic is not over and we are now seeing infections increase in several places. If there is a large increase in infection spread locally or nationally which puts heavy strain on health services, municipalities must be prepared to limit infections through local measures,” the minister said.

“It could also be relevant to introduce national measures,” she also wrote in the statement.

A briefing on the Covid-19 situation in Norway is scheduled to take place on Thursday, with Kjerkol to take part.

The health ministry has sent an updated circular to municipalities providing guidance on responses to locally increased infection rates should these occur.

The number of daily infections with Covid-19 is currently showing an upward trend.

Over 1,000 infections were registered – 1,144 to be exact – in the latest update on Wednesday, the first time the daily total has hit four figures since September 14th. 218 of the infections were registered in Oslo.

The seven-day average is currently 721 infections, according to Norwegian Directorate of Health figures.

The number of hospitalised patients with Covid-19 in Norway is 101, five fewer than the preceding day, news wire NTB writes.

READ ALSO: Norwegian government announces lifting of final Covid-19 measures

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Travel in Europe: UK to scrap all Covid travel rules

The UK is set to scrap all Covid-19 travel restrictions in what the government described as a "landmark moment".

Travel in Europe: UK to scrap all Covid travel rules

Testing is no longer required for vaccinated travellers, but the UK government has announced that it will scrap all Covid-19 travel rules on Friday, March 18th.

“As one of the first major economies to remove all its remaining Covid-19 travel restrictions, this is a landmark moment for passengers and the travel and aviation sector,” said the Government in a press release. 

From 4am on March 18th:

  • Passengers going to the UK will no longer be required to fill out a Passenger Locator Form before travel;
  • Passengers who are not vaccinated will not be required to take a pre-departure Covid test, or a Day 2 test following arrival. Fully vaccinated travellers are already exempt from having to do this;
  • Hotel quarantine for travellers coming from ‘red list’ countries, of which there are currently none, will also be scrapped by the end of the month. 

“We will continue monitoring and tracking potential new variants, and keep a reserve of measures which can be rapidly deployed if needed to keep us safe,” said UK Health Minister Sajid Javid. 

The UK has lifted all Covid-related rules including mask rules and mandatory self-isolation if you test positive for Covid.

Some European countries still have Covid restrictions in place for unvaccinated people coming from the UK. 

Until March 18th

Until the new rules come into effect, all travellers are required to fill out a passenger locator form. 

Unvaccinated travellers are also required to take pre-departure test and a test on or before Day 2 following their arrival. 

The UK border officers will recognise proof of vaccination provided with an EU Covid Certificate.

For the UK “fully vaccinated” means 14 days after your final dose of a EMA/FDA or Swiss approved vaccine (Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson). 

After a period of confusion, the UK government says that it will accept mixed doses administered in the EU (eg one dose of AstraZeneca and one of Pfizer).

However people who have only had a single dose after previously recovering from Covid – which is standard practice in some European countries – are not accepted as vaccinated by the UK.

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