COVID-19: Norway tightens its health measures

COVID-19: Norway tightens its sanitary measures

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OSLO | Norway will step up health measures to tackle a surge in COVID-19 cases, including a limited number of people for home events, including Christmas celebrations, the government said on Tuesday. & nbsp ;

From midnight Thursday and for four weeks, the authorities recommend limiting the number of guests at home to ten (people in the household not included) – a ceiling raised to 20 and for a single occasion during the Christmas holiday period, at condition of ensuring a distance of one meter between each person.

Wearing a mask will also be compulsory again if a social distance – which will again have to be respected – of one meter cannot be be assured.

Alcohol will have to be served at the table in bars and restaurants and until midnight maximum.

“The situation is now so serious that we must take new measures to keep the pandemic under control, ”Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre explained at a press conference.

In November, Norway announced new measures to stem the resurgence of the coronavirus on its territory, just weeks after the lifting of all the restrictions that were in place at the end of September. The authorities had notably allowed municipalities to use the health pass.

“The risk of overloading health services and the spread of the more contagious omicron variant, now requires new strict measures in our country “, Underlined the head of government.

Health authorities expect this new variant, first detected in southern Africa, to become the majority” by January at the latest “in Norway.

Last week, the appearance of a suspected outbreak of the Omicron variant among dozens of people who were all vaccinated had already led the government to introduce new restrictions to deal with COVID-19 in Oslo and its region.

Norway, a Scandinavian country of 5.4 million inhabitants, has so far reported 29 cases of this new variant on its soil.

According to the European Prevention Center and disease control (ECDC), the number of known cases of people infected with this variant in countries of the European Economic Area (EEA, EU + Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) was 274 on Tuesday.

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