Norway puts reopening on hold as COVID-19 cases rise


Norway’s prime minister Erna Solberg said on Thursday the government will put its planned easing of coronavirus restrictions on hold, due to a rise in the number of COVID-19 infections.

“We need to slow down now to avoid a full stop down the road”, Solberg said, adding that the country will announce further measures on Friday.

Norway had some of the strictest travel restrictions in Europe in the early phase of the pandemic before gradually lifting them from June.

The government said it will reimpose a 10-day quarantine from Saturday for all travellers from France, Switzerland and the Czech Republic, as well as for people travelling from Monaco and from certain regions in neighbouring Sweden.

Norway’s spike in infections includes a recent outbreak on a cruise ship. Another cruise ship docked in a Norwegian harbor has also ordered to keep everyone on board, after a passenger from a previous trip tested positive for the virus.

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