The government introduces new measures against the corona pandemic on Tuesday. Jonas Gahr Støre (Labor Party) will, among other things, speed up the vaccination.
The infection situation in Norway is rising. On Tuesday, Oslo woke up to snow and a new infection record. The new variant, omikron, is on the rise around the world. The corona pandemic was not over yet.
Following pressure from several quarters, the government will on Tuesday introduce new national measures to control the infection situation.
What does that mean?
Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine
Before Støre informs the Storting about the new measures at 10 o’clock, he is ready for one thing:
Vaccine will be the most important tool in the future.
More than 3.8 million Norwegians have been vaccinated with two doses. In recent weeks, vaccination with the third dose has also risen sharply. More than 540,000 Norwegians have now received three coronary vaccines, according to figures from FHI.
The goal is for everyone over the age of 65 to be vaccinated three times before Christmas. And Støre has announced a major offensive in the vaccine program.
– The most important thing now is that everyone over 65 takes a refreshing dose. And everyone else who is offered it must take the vaccine. It is especially the vaccine that allows us to avoid new strict measures, says Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre (Labor) to VG.
At 12 o’clock, Støre and the health authorities will hold a press conference on the new measures.
Testing, insulation, tracking – and bandages?
He has been sparse in sharing what other measures Støre and the government then want to introduce.
But to VG, he is aware that the well-known one-meter rule will not return immediately.
On Monday afternoon, health director Bjørn Guldvog met the media. There he said that three things in particular will be important in the future to stop the spread, and the new omicron variant:
- Entry measures: We must know enough about those who come to the country. They must be tested upon entry.
- The table strategy: Testing, isolation, infection detection and quarantine. This work must work well enough.
- Cooperation: Balance between regional, national and local measures. Clear recommendations and injunctions.
Guldvog also said that orders for face masks could be relevant. But that if it were to be introduced nationally, it is the government that must decide this.
Today, it is recommended to wear a face mask in public transport, in shops and other public places with congestion in, for example, Oslo.
On Monday, several countries also closed their borders. FHI told Monday to TV 2 that it is not yet relevant to do in Norway.