Solberg: Norwegians have to be prepared to live with corona restrictions until the summer, maybe even longer

Erna SolbergPhoto: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB

Norwegians have to be prepared for long-term restrictions if the corona infection is not fought back sharply, Prime Minister Erna Solberg warned today.

“People must prepare to live with different degrees of infection and infection control measures towards the summer, perhaps even longer,” Prime Minister Erna Solberg (H) said in the Norwegian parliament (Storting) on Monday.

“We will therefore do what is necessary to keep control over the infection,” she said, emphasizing that the infection control measures will not be stricter than they have to be and that they will be stepped down as soon as it is justifiable.

On Monday, Solberg also said that the Norwegian government would uphold its strict infection control measures to prevent a new wave of infection.

However, the government decided to provide some relief for children and young people.

Many jobs lost due to closed borders

Solberg also said that fears of imported infection must be weighed against other considerations. Responding to the criticism aimed at growing imported infection, she emphasized that balance was important. 

“When we want to limit how many people come into our country, different considerations must be weighed against each other. It is demanding to find the right balance,” Solberg said.

“Whether you like it or not, our society is completely dependent on labor from other countries. The government has been concerned with keeping the wheels in motion,” Solberg noted, adding that many jobs would be lost if the borders were to be closed completely.

She said that the government has continuously introduced necessary measures to avoid imported infections, including at Christmas, to prevent the virus variant detected in the UK from spreading to Norway.

“For the time being, it does not appear that the mutation has gained a foothold here,” Solberg added.

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