Despite rising coronavirus infection numbers linked to the spread of the Omicron variant, Norway has also lifted its last pandemic protective measures. At a press conference today, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store said both standoff rules and mandatory masks in crowded rooms have ended.
“Now we can go out among people as before, in nightlife, cultural events or other social occasions,” Gahr Store said. Even on the “way to work in buses, trains, and ferries,” no special rules apply anymore.
Anyone who tests positive for the coronavirus in Norway no longer necessarily has to be isolated for four days. Also, children with CoV symptoms no longer have to be tested for the virus. However, the pandemic is not over, Gahr Store emphasized. He recommended that unvaccinated and at-risk patients keep their distance from those around them and wear masks if necessary.
Norway had already lifted most CoV measures earlier this month, including home-office rules and attendance caps at events. The total relaxations came despite still-rising CoV case numbers in Norway. According to the Public Safety Institute (FHI), the peak of the current omicron wave is still to come. Last week, the number of hospital admissions related to the coronavirus increased by 40 percent, according to FHI chief Camilla Stoltenberg.
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