Norway PM aims to tighten coronavirus restrictions next week
OSLO (NORWAY) – Norway will announce tighter measures next week to reduce the spread of the coronavirus following a recent spike, Prime Minister Erna Solberg said on Friday.
Solberg said, “We see that the infection is spreading in many places.”
She said, “This is worrying. Therefore we already now announce that there will be a tightening of national restrictions next week. The measures will be directed towards the areas where the infection is now spreading.”
Though cases are rising and authorities are concerned, the situation in Norway is comparatively better than elsewhere in Europe. The country has currently witnessed the second-lowest level of new infections in Europe, after Estonia.
According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, its 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants was 36.6 as of Friday.
Solberg told a news conference that the government hopes to be able to start vaccinations in the first half of 2021.
“Vaccination against COVID-19 will be voluntary but the support for vaccines tends to be high in Norway,” she said.