Solberg: If we don’t succeed in reducing infection rates, we will introduce stricter national measures

Erna SolbergPhoto: Håkon Mosvold / Larsen NTB

If the infection pressure does not go down quickly, the Norwegian government will introduce new measures such as a two-meter distance rule, a maximum of ten private contacts, and an alcohol-serving ban across the country. 

On Tuesday, Solberg spoke about the coronavirus situation in the Norwegian parliament (Storting). 

“If we together succeed in reducing the infection with local and regional measures, we can avoid strengthened national measures that will also affect areas with less infection. 

“But if the local, regional, and national measures we have today turn out to be insufficient to reduce the infection, we will have to introduce stricter national measures,” Solberg warned.

High infection rates

The situation is unstable, and the spread of infection is too high, she noted.

“We must manage to stay in control,” Solberg said, adding that Norway could start opening up in May if it manages to keep the infection low in March and April.

But the infection continues to grow.

“The fact that new virus variants are becoming dominant makes it more demanding to keep the infection under control. It has therefore been necessary to introduce more intrusive measures in many municipalities,” Solberg said.

“We have seen that many municipalities have managed to handle outbreaks of mutated viruses. But the situation is fragile,” she concluded.

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