PM Støre expects a sharp increase in infection in January

Jonas Gahr StørePhoto: Heiko Junge / NTB
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Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre (AP) says the corona measures seem to be working but says a sharp increase in infection is expected when everyday life begins again in January.

Støre says the government still wants to control the infection.

“What we have (in place) today works. We have low (infection) numbers compared to other countries. But we expect that it can now go up sharply when people return to their normal work in January,” Støre said to Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) on Monday morning.

He didn’t provide concrete signals on the potential reopening of Norway. The current national corona regulations expire on January 14.

Evaluation

“We must spend the ten days ahead of us evaluating and looking at what the FHI says. Christmas is a period where it is difficult to measure, test, and quantify the corona infection,” Støre said.

He added that the government hopes that mass testing of students can lead to upper secondary schools going from the red to the green level as quickly as possible.

Opposition leader Erna Solberg (H) is unsure whether the national alcohol-serving ban is necessary but categorically rejects that the Norwegian parliament (Storting) should overrule some of the government’s corona measures.

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

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