The government wants to introduce mandatory corona testing as soon as people arrive in Norway

Monica MælandPhoto: Terje Pedersen / NTB

After reports that travelers are not testing themselves after arriving in Norway, the government now wants to make corona testing mandatory immediately at the border crossing.

Today, testing is mandatory after arrival – but within 24 hours after crossing the border.

Minister of Justice Monica Mæland (H) emphasizes that it is a criminal offense not to take the corona test.

“We see that many people are reacting to people entering (Norway) without being tested. 

“We also see that the risk of imported infection increases, and we’re implementing several measures to limit imported infection as much as possible,” Mæland said.

In order for everyone to be able to test themselves as soon as they arrive in the country, work is now being done to increase the test capacity at the border crossings.

Høie: The danger is not over yet

Minister of Health Bent Høie (H) said that new infection figures show that the strict infection control measures that were introduced a week and a half ago may have affected the infection.

At Wednesday’s corona press conference, he pointed out that new figures from the Norwegian Directorate of Health show that people have reduced the number of close contacts and that fewer have been in situations where it is difficult to keep less than one meter of distance from others.

In recent days, the increase in infection has been somewhat subdued.

Høie emphasized, however, that the danger is not over and that the risk of a new wave is great.

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

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