Norwegian Directorate of Health recommends removal of all corona “ring” measures in Eastern Norway

Bjørn GuldvogPhoto: Berit Roald / NTB

The Norwegian Directorate of Health recommends that the government repeal all the extra corona measures that have been introduced in several municipalities in Eastern Norway after the outbreaks in Nordre Follo and Halden.

“The National Institute of Public Health (FHI) says that there is now a better overview of the infection situation for virus variants both in Oslo, Halden, and Sarpsborg and in the surrounding municipalities. 

“The infection tracing work has been strengthened, and the follow-up has been strengthened, among other things, by recommending tests both when going in and out of quarantine,” the Norwegian Directorate of Health writes in its recommendation to the government.

Halden, Oslo, and Sarpsborg have had the strictest measures at the so-called C level, and these levels should now be abolished, according to the proposal. 

However, the FHI emphasizes that these municipalities want to continue measures at a high level, but on their own.

“The National Institute of Public Health supports the municipalities’ assessments and can provide advice and guidance to the municipalities for the choice of local measures,” the FHI wrote in its recommendation, which is part of the same document.

The FHI’s advice

The government is also advised to repeal the measures in the municipalities that have had D level measures, i.e., Asker, Bærum, Fredrikstad, Hvaler, Indre Østfold, Lillestrøm, Lunner, Lørenskog, Moss, Nittedal, Nordre Follo, Rakkestad, Rælingen, Råde, Skiptvet, Ullensvang , Våler, and Ås.

It is emphasized that Hvaler and Fredrikstad want the national measures to stay in place a bit longer so that they can plan for which local measures they want to keep. 

Beyond this, none of the municipalities want to be part of the government’s “ring” measures initiative.

The national measures and any extra local measures will continue to apply in the municipalities.

Extra measures have also been introduced in Western Norway in connection with the outbreaks in Ulvik and Bergen. These were continued for one week on Monday.

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