Norway lifts ban on flights from Britain introduced because of virus variant – trip


OSLO (Reuters) – 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, with planes allowed to land from January 2 at 1600 GMT.

Following the lead of other European nations, Norway on December 21 halted trip from Britain after news that the new variant of the virus used to be all of a sudden spreading.

Oslo announced on Thursday it would introduce from Jan. 2 mandatory Covid-19 tests for all people arriving in the Nordic country from in another country, either directly upon arrival or up to 24 hours after.

“Whether this strain must spread in Norway, it’s going to probably intent a full lockdown of society,” Prime Minister Erna Solberg said on Thursday.

Norway’s 14-day cumulative number of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants used to be down to 113.6 as of Wednesday, the fourth lowest in Europe at the back of Iceland, Greece and Finland, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Keep watch over has said.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.)

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