The new restrictions relate to curbing the spread of a virus variant first detected in Britain. The restrictions took effect immediately on Saturday.
Norway has tightened its coronavirus restrictions in the capital Oslo and nine of its neighboring counties, the country ‘s government said on Saturday.
A more contagious variant of the coronavirus, originally found in Britain, which Norway wants to prevent from spreading to other countries, has been found in the area.
As of Saturday, all non-essential shops and shopping malls in the Oslo area were closed. Also, for example, supervised physical activity was suspended and schooling is transferred to distance learning more widely than before.
Of the stores, only grocery stores, pharmacies and petrol stations remained open, according to the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation’s NRK. Closed shops also include Vinmonopolet shops selling alcohol. The restrictions are valid until the end of January.
Actions The purpose is to prevent the wider spread of the virus variant of Oslo, the capital of the eastern side of the municipalities, of which it Høien According to spread to the rest of the country very quickly. A total of 59 cases of British conversion have been confirmed in Norway to date.
“This is a very serious situation and we need to do everything we can to stop the spread of the virus,” said the Norwegian Minister of Health Bent Høie in the bulletin.
Prime minister Erna Solberg also on Saturday expressed its particular hope that people living in these areas would not travel to their cottages for the time being.
Restrictions are the strictest since the early days of the epidemic. According to NRK, the new restrictions will affect almost a million Norwegians. According to the government, the municipalities themselves wanted decisions on restrictions from the state.
Virus modification has been observed especially in the municipality of Nordre Follo near Oslo. For example, during Friday, 17 new cases of virus transformation were detected in the municipality. Five of them are patients at a local hospital.
The variant has spread in Nordre Follo Hospital. According to the country’s government, spread to a local kindergarten has also been possible. The cases found in the municipality have not been directly linked to British tourism.
Høie stressed in a statement that the caution of the people of the Oslo area now serves the entire country.
Vinmonopolet movements the closure has, according to NRK, caused queues in those neighboring municipalities where the liquor stores are still open.
In Sandvika, for example, the line outside Vinmonopolet was about a hundred meters on Saturday, says NRK. Bærum, which includes the Sandvika area, would also like to close that movement due to congestion and the threat of the virus spreading.
In addition to shops, restaurants in the Oslo area, for example, will be closed, but they will still be allowed to sell food. All other places related to leisure, such as swimming pools and museums, should also close their doors. Starting next week, the country’s parliament will also close its doors and start doing its work remotely.