Norway could introduce stricter national measures due to the recent corona infection surge

Bent HøiePhoto: Stian Lysberg Solum / NTB

In the last 24 hours, 729 cases of coronavirus infection have been detected in Norway, the highest number of infections in one day since January 7.

It is now the time to react quickly, Minister of Health Bent Høie told municipalities with increasing infection.

According to the Minister, the many local outbreaks may indicate that the sum of local and national measures is now not enough to prevent increased infection.

New measures?

“Therefore, before the weekend, we gave an assignment to the Norwegian Directorate of Health and the FHI to assess the need for stricter national measures. When we receive the recommendations from them, the government will consider whether the measures should be tightened,” Høie said.

“This means that the current national measures will be able to be adjusted faster than what was planned,” he continued.

However, the Minister of Health believes that if Norway gets through March and April with little infection and more control, May could be the first step towards a more normal everyday life.

Therefore, in the time ahead, Norwegians will have to continue to meet few other people, postpone events, continue working from home, keep their distance from others, wash their hands, and stay at home if they are ill.

New vaccination strategy

Furthermore, the Minister announced changes to Norway’s vaccination strategy.

In the future, corona vaccination will be aimed geographically to target areas with high infection pressure. This is good news for Norway’s hard-hit eastern municipalities and districts in Oslo.

The change is in line with the recommendation from the National Institute of Public Health (FHI).

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