City Council chief says Oslo is well on its way to reopen

Raymond JohansenPhoto: Berit Roald / NTB

City Council chief Raymond Johansen (AP) in Oslo says there are many indications that the city is well on its way to reopen. But it will probably not happen until May 17, he says.

Infection rates have been somewhat lower in Oslo this Easter. On the first day of Easter, there were only 192 new infection cases in the capital. 

In addition, the so-called R-number, which shows how many people one infected person infects, has fallen from 1.3 to 0.7.

But Johansen says it is still too early to cheer, newspaper VG writes.

“We can not be fooled by the fact that the number of infection cases is low. We do not know that yet for sure,” Johansen said, emphasizing that the holidays have often resulted in lower infection rates and thus a somewhat false picture of the situation.

New assessment

In two weeks, the City Council will decide whether the current strict measures will be extended or whether it will be possible to ease some of them.

“There are many indications that we are well on our way to being able to reopen… The Infection Control Act does not allow us to keep a lot of things closed if there is no basis for it,” he said.

He also pointed out that it is too early for a regular May 17 celebration and that this year’s festivities will probably be more like last year’s.

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