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The current situation in Norway regarding the coronavirus

On the 12th of March, Norwegian authorities took strong measures to counter the Coronavirus. This is done mainly to prevent spreading, and to protect vulnerable groups of the population from contracting the virus.

By Norec staff.
Latest update: 19.03.2020

 

Vulnerable groups are identified as the elderly, or individuals with an already compromised immune system. As per Thursday 19 March, the latest figures indicate that 1552 people have been infected with the coronavirus in Norway.  

 

The majority of these are not sick or experience mild symptoms. Those infected are quarantined in their home. Only those who have severe symptoms need to be hospitalised.  

 

The focus during this stage of the epidemic is to prevent spreading of the virus. To do so it is important to minimise contact between people and especially large gatherings. The measures imposed by the government have resulted in closing of schools, universities, kindergartens and public meeting-places.  

 

It is however important to emphasise that key functions in society are not in any danger of breaking down and are working continuously. This includes the health system, food-supplies, infrastructure and security. The general mood In Norway is cool, calm and collected.  

 

 

Preventive measures  

People are told to keep physical distance between each other, at least one meter. People have reduced hugging each other or shaking hands. Many shops and shopping-malls have bottles of disinfectant ready for customers.  

 

The government has encouraged businesses to let their staff work remotely. As a resultmany businesses and public offices have sent their staff-members home where they can work online, just like Norec. They are not quarantined, and their movements are not restricted. Yet, they are expected to keep their interaction with others at a low level in order to minimise the risk of exposure to the virus.  

 

Schools, universities and kindergartens are closed. Teachers follow-up their students online.  

 

Restrictions on international and leisure-travels  

People who have been abroad are required to be quarantined in their own homes for a period of 14 days after entering Norway.  

 

Leisure-travel is restricted as a preventive measure. The idea is to hinder a carrier of the virus to bring the virus to another location where the virus doesn’t exist.  

 

 

Keep up to date on the latest developments  

The situation may change rapidly. More restrictions might be imposed, or current ones lifted. All Norec partners and participants should keep up to date on the latest developments. Some Norwegian websites provide updates in English, notably:  

 

 

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health:

 https://www.fhi.no/en/id/infectious-diseases/coronavirus/ 

 

The Norwegian Government:

https://www.regjeringen.no/en/topics/koronavirus-covid-19/id2692388/

 

Oslo Municipality:

 https://www.oslo.kommune.no/english/information-on-the-coronavirus-and-measures-taken-in-the-city-of-oslo 

 

 

News from Norway in English:  

https://www.newsinenglish.no/ 

https://www.thelocal.no/ 

 

 

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