Cannot keep Norway closed

Minister of Health and Care services Bent Høie (Conservative Party).Photo: Vidar Ruud / NTB scanpix

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On Sunday, the Mayor of Indre Østfold called on the government to close the borders with Sweden again, but Minister of Health Bent Høie (H) says no.

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“We cannot keep Norway closed and isolated for a long time, and the government has said that we will open society gradually, together and in control,” Høie tells Dagbladet.

It was at a press conference on Sunday that the Mayor of the infection-hit municipality Indre Østfold, Saxe Frøshaug (Sp), called on the government to close the borders with Sweden again until the infection situation is under control.

“We see that many of the cases of infection we have can be linked directly to stays abroad in Sweden and in Poland, both in red and green zones,” the Mayor said.

The Minister of Health emphasizes that the government is following the infection situation in both Europe and the Nordic countries and reiterates the call that everyone should avoid unnecessary travel abroad, regardless of whether it is travel to so-called green countries.

“This means that people have to think twice before they travel. A day trip to Sweden to go shopping can, for example, be characterized as an unnecessary journey,” he says.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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