COPENHAGEN, Denmark — The Norwegian government has prohibited serving alcohol, closed gyms and put a two-person limit on the number of visitors residents can have at home in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Health Minister Bent Hoeie said the country is seeing outbreaks in new places "and the situation is more confusing.”
Hoeie said the virus variant first reported in Britain was spreading in Norway, which in recent weeks observed a spike in COVID-19 cases in Oslo and the nearby region.
The government’s decision “will provoke reactions in the places where there have hardly been cases of infection, but we must do this,” the minister said.
The government urged people to work from home and increased the social distancing requirement from one meter (3.3. feet) to two meters (6.6 feet).
The Scandinavian country has reported 89,120 cases and 649 confirmed deaths since the start of the pandemic.