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27 Aug 2020 | 03:00 AM UTC

Norway: Authorities to impose quarantine for arrivals from additional countries from August 29 /update 14

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Norwegian authorities to impose 10-day quarantine for arrivals from Germany and Liechtenstein from August 29 amid COVID-19 pandemic; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/27/2020, 12:00 AM until 9/30/2020, 11:59 PM (Europe/Oslo). COUNTRY/REGION Norway

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Event

Norwegian authorities announced on Wednesday, August 26, that a 10-day quarantine period will be implemented from Saturday, August 29, for arrivals from Germany and Liechtenstein due to a rise in the number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in those countries. Additionally, similar restrictions will be implemented on arrivals from additional regions in Sweden.

Norway has announced that all travelers arriving into the country from countries with more than 20 confirmed new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population in the previous two weeks will have to quarantine on arrival. The full list of these countries can be found here. Additionally, a plan to further ease COVID-19 restrictions has been put on hold and citizens are advised to refrain from foreign travel.

As of August 26, health authorities have confirmed a total of 10,504 COVID-19 cases with 264 associated deaths in the country. Further spread of the virus is expected in the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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