Norwegian government introduces regional anti-corona measures in ten municipalities in Nordland

Bent HøiePhoto: Terje Pedersen / NTB
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The government is introducing regional anti-corona measures in ten municipalities in Nordland. The measures apply from midnight, the night to Saturday, March 13, and up to and including Friday, March 19.

“Bodø Municipality has in recent days registered an increasing spread of the South African virus variant, and there is a high proportion of unknown routes of infection,” Minister of Health and Care Services Bent Høie (H) noted.

The measures are introduced at the municipalities’ request, and based on the recommendations from the State Administrator, the Norwegian Directorate of Health, and the National Institute of Public Health (FHI), the government wrote on its website.

The “A level” of measures is introduced in Bodø, which is a “particularly high level of measures.” That means, among other things, that those who can have to work from home, shops have to be closed, and kindergartens and schools have to operate at the “yellow” level. However, Bodø has announced that they will operate at the “red” level.

The “C level” of measures is being introduced in the municipalities of Beiarn, Fauske, Gildeskål, Hamarøy, Meløy, Rødøy, Saltdal, Steigen, and Sørfold. The “C level” is classified as a “fairly high level of measures,” as shops can stay open. However, those who can have to work from home and schools and kindergartens have to operate at the “yellow” level.

Trying to control the outbreak

Tor Claudi, the chief physician in Bodø Municipality, told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) that large parts of Bodø Municipality will be shut down from midnight to Saturday.

He also noted that the Municipality had received confirmation of a British virus mutation.

Infection control chief physician Kai Brynjar Hagen told the news channel that the goal is to get the outbreak in Bodø under control.

“The situation is definitely serious… The virus is very difficult to control, and we have not been able to put out this outbreak,” he said.

He also added that he is concerned that the new variant may interfere with the South African virus mutation.

A new assessment will be made before the measures expire on Friday, March 19.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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