Norway imposes new restrictions to halt third coronavirus wave
- 04 January 2021
Norway will impose fresh restrictions to prevent a resurgence in the spread of the coronavirus, Prime Minister Erna Solberg said on Sunday, including a nationwide ban on serving alcohol in restaurants and bars and not inviting guests home, APA reports citing Reuters.
The Nordic country has seen a rise in cases over the past month and now estimates its R number - which represents the average number of people that one infected person will pass the virus on to - stands at 1.3.
“We see more signs of a new wave of infections,” Solberg told a news conference, citing Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations and the emergence of the more contagious variant of the virus first identified in Britain among the reasons.
Norwegians must put their social lives on hold for the next two weeks in order to keep the virus under control, she said.
“I ask you not to have any visitors at home. Wait a fortnight before inviting anyone home or visiting others,” she said.