Norway scraps Covid-19 self-isolation recommendation

Frazer Norwell
Frazer Norwell - [email protected] • 5 Apr, 2022 Updated Tue 5 Apr 2022 15:59 CEST
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The government has said that the public will no longer be advised to isolate after testing positive for Covid-19. Pictured is a Covid-19 test. Photo by Mufid Majnun on Unsplash

The advice to isolate for four days after testing positive for coronavirus in Norway has been axed, the government announced Tuesday.

Those who test positive for Covid-19 in Norway will no longer be asked to isolate themselves for four days after, Norway’s health minister announced in parliament on Tuesday.

“The specific advice to stay at home for four days after being infected with Covid-19 has been revoked,” Ingvild Kjerkol, Minister of Health, said.

Kjerkol also announced that responsibility for official public health advice relating to the pandemic would be delegated to the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

Despite the advice being pulled with immediate effect, the health minister added that the pandemic was not over.

“The pandemic is by no means over. There is great uncertainty about the erasure of infection, which virus variants we can encounter and when a new variant can occur. Therefore, there is still a need for good monitoring and preparedness to detect, assess, and handle an unfortunate development early,” Kjerkol said.

She said that the country would learn to live with the virus moving forward.

“Now we will learn to live with coronavirus in society,” she said.

The government said that it would be asking local authorities to retain Covid testing capacity, so they would be able to test at least one percent of the population should a future breakout occur.

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