Norway to End Most Pandemic Curbs

OSLO (Reuters) – Norway will scrap practically all its remaining COVID-19 lockdown measures as excessive ranges of coronavirus infections are unlikely to jeopardise well being providers, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere mentioned on Saturday.

The Nordic nation, which eliminated most curbs on Feb. 1, will nonetheless maintain some restrictions for the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. The brand new guidelines will take impact from Saturday at 1000 CET (0900 GMT).

“We’re eradicating virtually all coronavirus measures,” Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere advised a information convention.

“The coronavirus pandemic is now not a serious well being risk to most of us. The omicron virus causes far much less critical sickness and we’re nicely protected by vaccines.”

Norwegians will now not want to remain at the least one metre (3 toes) aside nor put on face masks in crowded settings. The removing of those measures imply nightclubs and different affected leisure venues can resume full enterprise.

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As well as, contaminated people now not have to isolate themselves. As a substitute, they’re really helpful to remain house for 4 days.

Travellers to Norway will now not have to register their arrivals forward of time and the federal government can be scrapping the earlier requirement for proof of a damaging check earlier than departure for some guests, similar to unvaccinated folks.

Norway in December went into partial lockdown to fight the fast-spreading Omicron coronavirus variant.

Guests to Svalbard, the place well being providers are restricted, should proceed to check earlier than and after arrival, whereas worldwide constitution flights to the archipelago stay suspended, the federal government mentioned.

(Reporting by Gwladys Fouche; modifying by Nora Buli)

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