Arendal introduces strict anti-infection measures after corona outbreak

Robert Cornels NordliPhoto: Heiko Junge / NTB
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Arendal is taking action to establish control of the coronavirus outbreak in the municipality.

Gatherings of more than ten people are now banned, as well as gathering of more than 50 people at public events.

The municipality’s city council approved the new measures on Thursday, and they will last for ten days, according to Fædrelandsvennen.

“This is a case that is extraordinary and demanding. We are going to have a decisive intervention in people’s everyday lives.

We have to reduce the spread of COVID-19, and we need to take care of each other. We must manage this together,” Mayor Robert C. Nordli (AP) noted.

On Wednesday night, the municipality stated that they had no control over the outbreak.

50 people infected, 130 in quarantine

A total of 50 people have been registered as infected with the coronavirus, the municipality wrote on its website.

On Thursday afternoon, another five people were diagnosed with the infection, and work is being done to trace the infection.

The municipality has also decided that various services at institutions will be closed down, among other measures, to protect the elderly and vulnerable.

A total of 130 people are in quarantine due to the outbreak.

“Around 200 people could end up in quarantine during the evening,” Preben Aavitsland told the newspaper.

The outbreak was fueled by a string of parties, one on September 13 and another on September 19.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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