Norwegian Prime Minister: We’re introducing stricter anti-corona measures next week

Erna SolbergPhoto: Stian Lysberg Solum / NTB
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Prime Minister Erna Solberg (H) says that an effort to reduce the infection in November and the beginning of December will provide Norwegians with the opportunity to have a normal Christmas celebration.

After the recent rise in infection cases in Norway, Solberg asked people to make an effort to reduce the infection by Christmas.

She announced new measures and a tightening of the guidelines next week.

“When we choose to put more measures in place next week, it is because an effort in November and the beginning of December provides us the opportunity for a normal Christmas celebration with our loved ones.

“This is something I think everyone will appreciate after this year,” Solberg said.

Sharp increase in number of cases

The number of new corona cases has increased sharply in both Norway and Europe recently.

Several European countries are currently tightening their corona measures, and many countries are in the process of closing down again. 

“The Norwegian Directorate of Health and the National Institute of Public Health have been commissioned to recommend new measures so that we retain control. 

“The measures will be targeted at the areas where we now see that the infection is increasing,” Solberg said during Friday’s press conference.

Stricter locally than nationally

It is not yet clear what the new measures will consist of, but Solberg hinted that measures would mainly aim to prevent local outbreaks.

“We will systematically go into areas where we see spread because now we have more knowledge. 

“This makes it easier to see that we do not need to put in place big and broad measures, but perhaps slightly more targeted measures,” she noted.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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