On Monday afternoon at 16.00, the government will hold a press conference on the corona situation in Norway. On Friday, Erna Solberg announced that the government will introduce new national measures against the spread of covid-19 in Norway.
The press conference will be attended by Solberg, Minister of Health and Care Services Bent Høie, Minister of Education and Integration Guri Melby and Minister of Children and Family Affairs Kjell Ingolf Ropstad. In addition, Health Director Bjørn Guldvog and Director Camilla Stoltenberg at the National Institute of Public Health will be present.
At 14.00, Oslo Municipality will hold a press conference where they will inform about the corona situation. The municipality has stated in a press release that city council leader Raymond Johansen and other relevant city council leaders will be present.
Minister of Health Bent Høie confirmed to Dagbladet on Friday that the government began discussing new national measures on Thursday last week, and that discussions continued on Friday. Solberg stated that the decision is due to disturbing trends in Europe and in Norway.
– This is something that we started discussing already on Thursday, and the discussions continued on Friday, said Minister of Health Bent Høie to Dagbladet.
– The reason for this decision is that at the beginning of the week we saw positive trends that indicated a decline in the spread of infection both nationally and locally, which has reversed towards the end of the week. We have seen an increase in admissions, an increased frequency of local outbreaks, we also learn from what is happening in the countries around us.
The Government has asked the National Institute of Public Health and the Norwegian Directorate of Health to provide advice on what targeted measures can be put in place to prevent Norway from being hit as hard as other European countries.
On Friday, it had not yet been decided which measures will be introduced, other than that they will be targeted at situations that pose a particular risk of the spread of infection.
As recently as October 12, the government eased national measures. The national bar stop ended, it was allowed with up to 600 participants divided into three cohorts at outdoor events and a gradual reopening of grassroots sports was initiated.
On Friday, Erna Solberg explained to Dagbladet that these changes will not be covered by the new national measures.