Norway’s Health Minister: There may be more and stricter measures this week

Ingvild KjerkolPhoto: Stian Lysberg Solum / NTB

Minister of Health Ingvild Kjerkol (AP) is concerned about the omicron outbreaks. This weekend, intense work has been done to plan new measures.

“I do not rule out that there may be more and stricter measures this week. We follow the situation continuously and are in close dialogue with the professional authorities,” Kjerkol told the newspaper VG.

She hopes that everyone can celebrate Christmas as usual despite the omicron variant. There are now four suspected or confirmed outbreaks of the variant in Norway. 

“We have control of the pandemic, but there have been several outbreaks with suspected omicron infection. We have regulations in place for cases where the variant is suspected, with longer isolation and quarantine for household members. I am concerned, and we are looking at further measures regionally and nationally,” Kjerkol said.

Intense work at the FHI and the Norwegian Directorate of Health

Assistant health director Espen Rostrup Nakstad told NTB that both the Norwegian Directorate of Health and the National Institute of Public Health (FHI) have worked intensively this weekend on new proposals for the government based on the current understanding of the situation and experiences with various measures so far in the pandemic.

“We have made plans for different scenarios for both the delta and omicron variants, both regionally and nationally. We can not comment on the details of this until the government has considered it. All parties are working as quickly as possible on this today,” he said.

According to Nakstad, the most worrying thing is that it appears that the omicron variant is highly contagious.

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