Solberg: If the infection numbers flatten out, national corona measures could be softened

Erna SolbergPhoto: Stian Lysberg Solum / NTB
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This weekend, the Norwegian government will re-evaluate the national coronavirus measures. Prime Minister Erna Solberg is prepared to soften the national measures should the infection situation improve.

“We will now get input from both the National Institute of Public Health (FHI) and the Norwegian Directorate of Health so that this weekend we can go through (the input, editor’s note) and decide,” Solberg told news bureau NTB.

On January 3, the Prime Solberg launched a new social shutdown to prevent the coronavirus pandemic from getting out of control

Solberg cannot yet say whether the measures will be extended or not.

“There are different possibilities. If we see that the infection numbers stabilize a bit and that there are no new major outbreaks in new places, then it may be possible to make changes,” the Prime Minister said.

Major outbreaks

Solberg emphasized that there are still areas and cities with major outbreaks.

“In some places, there will still have to be fairly strict measures anyway,” Solberg warned.

When the government chose to announce a new lockdown last week, the reason was, among other things, the uncertainty connected to how the Christmas and New Year celebrations affected the spread of infection and the new and more contagious mutations of the coronavirus that have occurred in the UK and South Africa.

 In recent days, the number of infections has been somewhat lower than last week.

On Tuesday, 712 corona infection cases were registered in Norway. That was 283 more than the day before, but 227 fewer than on Tuesday last week.

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

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