Norway introduces mandatory tests for all people arriving from abroad

Norway is lifting its ban on flights from Britain, introduced to stop the spread of a more contagious variant of the coronavirus, the health ministry said on Friday. Planes will be allowed to land from 2 January afternoon. Norway halted on 21 December travel from Britain after news that the new variant of the virus was rapidly spreading.

Oslo also announced that it would introduce from 2 January mandatory Covid-19 tests for all people arriving in the country from abroad, either directly upon arrival or up to 24 hours after. “If this strain should spread in Norway, it will probably mean a full lockdown of society,” PM Erna Solberg said on Thursday.

Norway’s 14-day cumulative number of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants was down to 113.6 as of Wednesday, the fourth lowest in Europe behind Iceland, Greece and Finland, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control has said.

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