Erna Solberg: The delta variant could delay the reopening of Norway

Erna SolbergPhoto: Annika Byrde / NTB
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The reopening of Norway may be a little slower than planned due to the delta virus, Prime Minister Erna Solberg (H) believes.

“But I do not think it will be necessary to go back (to stronger measures),” Solberg told news bureau NTB.

“But the delta virus already affects some of the things we do,” she noted, referring to the strict measures at the border.

“For every step we take, we must think more thoroughly about how quickly we can continue to reopen.”

According to Solberg, the government’s goal is to get as many people vaccinated as possible so that people are protected before the delta variant becomes dominant in Norway.

Delta variant

A risk report published by the National Institute of Public Health (FHI) on Saturday states that the variant may take over in Norway during the summer. 

FHI director Camilla Stoltenberg also says that Norway is better equipped now than it was during the reign of the alpha variant.

It also appears that the delta variant of the coronavirus does not spread as quickly in Norway as feared, according to department director Line Vold of the FHI.

“The delta variant has not taken over as fast as alpha did,” Vold told TV 2.

The Norwegian health authorities went out early and warned that the delta variant would become dominant in Norway. That has still not happened.

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

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