The Norwegian government will allow protected persons and children under the age of 12 to leave the entry quarantine if they test negative after three days.
“The entry quarantine is an important measure to prevent imported infection. There is still a risk that the protected people will become infected and spread the infection further, but the risk is far less than for the unprotected. We, therefore, believe it is justifiable to shorten the quarantine period for this group,” Minister of Health and Care Services Bent Høie (H) said on Friday.
The quarantine rules are changed so that protected persons, as well as children under the age of 12, can leave the entry quarantine after a negative test that can be taken three days after arrival.
The FHI’s recommendation
According to the National Institute of Public Health (FHI), children spread less infection than adults, and children under the age of 12 are assumed to have a 50% lower risk of being infected than adults.
“Based on this, the Norwegian Directorate of Health and the FHI believe that the same entry quarantine rules that we now introduce for the protected should also apply to children under 12 years of age. The government supports that,” Høie said.
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