Frightened by Delta, Norway delays reopening

Photo: EPA Erna Solberg

Norway is delaying the next major step in easing pandemic restrictionsby the end of the month at the earliest, PM Erna Solberg said on Monday. "There is a risk that the Delta variant will cause a fourth wave of infection in the unvaccinated part of the population, among those who have only received one dose or are in vulnerable groups," she said.

The World Health Organisation has recently warned Delta is becoming the globally dominant Covid-19 variant, raising concerns over whether existing vaccines will work against it. In Norway, it could become the dominant variant already this month, the health minister said.

So far almost two-thirds of adults in the country have received a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, while 37% are fully vaccinated, according to the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

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