Quarantine not required after demonstration participation

Espen NakstadOslo.Espen Nakstad : Heiko Junge / NTB scanpix


Obos employees who participated in the demonstration against racism must stay home. But Assistant Director of Health Espen Rostrup Nakstad thinks it is not necessary.

On Friday, several thousand protesters gathered in Oslo to show resistance to racism and police violence following George Floyd’s death. In Stavanger, health workers are quarantined after more than 1,000 people demonstrated.

Nakstad tells NRK on Monday morning that he believes quarantine is not necessary for people who participated. The quarantine rules in Norway are linked to close contact with someone who has tested positive, and then you must go into quarantine for ten days.

– “But here we are talking about many people who may have had a lower risk than that. We do not know if any sick were present or how many there may have been,” says Nakstad.

He encourages people to watch for symptoms, stay home if you get sick, and get tested if you get respiratory symptoms.

Nakstad believes it is understandable that people are demonstrating, but that it is also infectious unfortunately.

In addition, the signal effect of the others who adhere to the rules is unfortunate. For example, many have not attended funerals, avoided close contact with elderly people or postponed weddings as a result of the Coronavirus rules.

– “They may feel that they are sacrificing a lot and making the effort, while others do not follow the same advice and rules,” Nakstad says.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today



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