Bergen: Norwegian city lifts local Covid-19 restrictions

The city government in Bergen is to lift local coronavirus restrictions after “turning around” a virus outbreak.

National measures will replace the city’s local restrictions on Monday, media including VG and NRK report.

Bergen has had local restrictions in place since the beginning of November.

The city’s chief medical advisor said that a key target had been reached in the response to the local Covid-19 outbreak.

“From a particularly alarming increase in infections two weeks ago, the trend has now been turned around. We have got more moderate infection numbers,” chief medical advisor Trond Egil Hansen told NRK.

City mayor Roger Valhammer confirmed that national restrictions would apply from Monday until further notice.

“While the infection rate in Bergen was significantly over the national average in November, the infection rate is now significantly under the national average,” Valhammer said at a press briefing according to VG.

Just five new cases of Covid-19 have been registered in the city in the last day, according to the newspaper. That is three fewer than the previous day’s total and two fewer than the current weekly average.

Hansen stressed that the pandemic is not over.

“Increases can be large and demanding, but if you are lucky, they can be moderate. That is related to compliance with general infection guidelines,” he said according to NRK’s report.

Earlier this week, the government confirmed that national coronavirus guidelines would be extended into January 2021, while local measures remain in place in capital city Oslo.

Norway’s national coronavirus restrictions are as follows:

  • All residents encouraged to remain at home as much as possible
  • Maintain a two-metre social distance from people in at-risk groups
  • No more than 20 people allowed to attend private events at public places; a maximum of 50 at indoor events without fixed seating. Up to 200 at indoor events with fixed seating
  • Avoid all non-essential foreign travel
  • National ban on serving alcohol after midnight
  • Mandatory negative Covid-19 test requirement for all international arrivals from ‘red’ countries
  • Arrivals with no permanent Norwegian address or without employment reasons must carry out 10-day quarantine at a ‘corona hotel’ and be tested for coronavirus
  • Strong recommendation against travelling within Norway
  • Face masks recommended in situations where it is not possible to maintain social distance of 1 metre or “where infection risk indicates it”.

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