Norway’s Minister of Health doesn’t think Christmas dinner parties should be canceled – for the moment

Ingvild KjerkolPhoto: Terje Pedersen / NTB
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Minister of Health Ingvild Kjerkol (AP) is still open to Christmas dinner parties taking place but says that the situation must be assessed locally.

“As the situation is now, we believe it is possible to carry out Christmas dinner parties, but it is important to assess the situation locally. It is also very important that everyone follows the infection control advice that applies and that those who have symptoms stay at home,” Kjerkol told the newspaper Dagbladet.

She responded to criticism from a number of health specialists who believe that Kjerkol and the government are reluctant to implement effective infection control measures. 

Criticism

Among other things, critics believe that the Christmas season this year may be marked by far more people becoming seriously ill.

“We have introduced several measures to reduce the infection and the pressure on the hospitals, and we have been clear that municipalities with outbreaks should quickly implement measures to gain control of the situation,” Kjerkol said.

She believes the situation is different this year than before Christmas last year when no one in the population was vaccinated.

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