Norway in partial lockdown as Omicron 'changes the rules', PM says

Norway in partial lockdown as Omicron
# 14 December 2021 01:28 (UTC +04:00)

Norway will further tighten restrictions and speed up vaccination in a bid to limit an expected surge of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere said on Monday, APA reports quoting Reuters.

Presenting its fourth round of measures in two weeks, the government announced a ban on serving alcohol in bars and restaurants, a closing of gyms and swimming pools to most users and stricter rules in schools, among other things.

"There is no doubt - the new variant changes the rules. That's why we need to act fast and we need to act again," Stoere told a news conference. "For many this will feel like a lockdown, if not of society then of their lives and of their livelihoods."

Britain on Monday recorded the first publicly confirmed death globally from the swiftly spreading strain.