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Coronavirus: Norway lifts all restrictions due to the pandemic

Norway announced this Saturday the immediate lifting of the latest restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. coronavirus due to the more benign omicron variant and high vaccination rate, it will no longer consider COVID-19 a serious disease.

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“We can relax the measures because ómicron does not cause as serious an illness as previous variants. Although the contagion will rise, the number of hospital admissions is low. We are well protected by vaccines,” Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre told a news conference.

Norway joins itself with other Scandinavian countries such as Denmark and Sweden, which lifted restrictions earlier this month.

The announcement implies that the few restrictions that remained in force after February 2, such as keeping a distance of one meter and the use of masks indoors, will disappear.

The obligation to keep four days of isolation for those who are positive will only be a recommendation, as will adults with symptoms be tested, while the unvaccinated and vulnerable will continue to be advised to wear a mask indoors.

The Norwegian Government will, however, maintain the requirement to take a test upon arrival and departure from the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, due to the limitations of its health system.

“Life will have more light from now on. Live normally, fill life with good memories, it is also important for mental health. Do something active every day, do it with someone else. Use common sense. Hug a friend, I will too,” said Health Minister Ingvild Kjerkol.

Norway is one of the countries least affected by the pandemic in Europe, with 1,513 deaths, which is equivalent to a mortality rate of 28.29 per 100,000 inhabitants, half that of Denmark, five times less than Sweden and seven less than Spain. .

91.1% of the population over 18 years of age have received the complete schedule of the vaccine.

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Source: Elcomercio

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