A new corona committee will evaluate the effects of infection control measures on the Norwegian society

Steinar HoldenPhoto: Berit Roald / NTB
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The Norwegian government has put together a new expert committee to look into the societal consequences of infection control measures.

The committee will be chaired by professor Steinar Holden, who has also previously assessed the cost of various corona measures on society.

“Now, the pandemic has lasted for almost two years. The infection control measures have major consequences for society as a whole and for our economy. In order to be able to handle the pandemic in the most predictable way possible in the future, we need more knowledge about the social consequences of the measures,” Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre (AP) noted in a press release.

Minister of Health Ingvild Kjerkol (AP) stated that the government plans to prepare packages of measures that will be ready in the event of outbreaks and new virus variants.

“It will make it easier to be able to adjust (them) quickly depending on the infection situation, and it will create better predictability. In order for the package of measures to be as effective as possible, it is important to have more knowledge about their effects on society. The expert committee will contribute (to this),” she said.

The expert group will submit its report at the end of March.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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