Saturday, October 16, 2021

CDC lists Norway as ‘very high’ travel risk after country ends all COVID-19 restrictions

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week listed Norway as a country with a “very high” risk of travel after the Scandinavian nation lifted its COVID-19 pandemic restrictions last week.

The CDC now designates the country “Level 4: COVID-19 very high,” according to its website. “Avoid traveling to Norway,” the CDC’s website said in an update on Monday of Norway, the country with the highest Human Development Index in the world. “If you must travel to Norway, make sure you are fully vaccinated before travelling.”

Norway announced the lifting of all its CCP (Communist Party of China) virus restrictions, leading to celebrations last weekend.

“It has been 561 days since Norway introduced the toughest peacetime measures,” outgoing Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said on 24 September. “Now is the time to return to normal daily life.”

Solberg later noted that Norwegian health experts had supported the decision.

“We will not have strict [CCP virus] measures unless they are professionally justified. People should be allowed to live as they wish,” Solberg told Norwegian newspaper VG over the weekend.

His remarks came as one of Norway’s top health officials compared COVID-19 to influenza and said the country would not classify the virus as a dangerous disease in the near future.

“We are now in a new phase where we must look at the coronavirus as one of many respiratory diseases with seasonal variation,” Geir Buchholm, assistant director at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, told news outlet VG last week. “That’s because most people at risk are protected,” Buchholm said, referring to the country’s vaccination campaign.

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With the announcement, Norway will no longer mandate businesses to implement social distancing measures, and it will likewise allow some venues and restaurants to operate at full capacity, the prime minister’s office said.

“We have been living for a long time with strict measures at the borders. It has been instrumental in dealing with imported infections. As we now move back to normal daily life, the government proposes to gradually ease restrictions on entry into the country. This will happen under close supervision,” Minister of Justice and Emergency Management Monica Moland said in a translated statement on the government’s website.

Earlier this month, neighboring Sweden made a similar announcement, saying restrictions on theaters, restaurants, stadiums and related venues would be lifted on September 29.

The Epoch Times has contacted the Norwegian Embassy in the United States for comment.

Jack Phillips

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Jack Phillips is a reporter at The Epoch Times in New York City.

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