European country bans booze to tackle Omicron — Analysis

Norway banned alcohol sales in bars and restaurants to stop the spread of Covid-19 Omicron, which is causing a rise in infections.

The new Covid-19 regulations will ban the sale of alcohol in bars, restaurants and other services-based venues starting Wednesday. Norwegians are encouraged to work remotely if they can.

“Infection rates in Norway are increasing sharply, and we have now gained new knowledge about the omicron variant and how fast it can spread. We are in a more serious situation,” declared Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre, who claimed that the “stricter measures”They were required “to maintain control of the pandemic.”

Støre said there was “no doubt the new variant changes the rules,”Be sure to acknowledge that you have been subjected to the changes “will feel like a lockdown”Many people love this. “if not of society then of their lives and of their livelihoods.”

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Norway’s previous rules – put into place just days before the latest measures, which were announced on Monday – allowed alcohol to be served at bars and restaurants until midnight, though only at tables and only if the venue had enough socially-distanced seating to accommodate all customers.

Covid-19 cases in Norway have experienced a sharp rise since October – recording its highest daily numbers since the start of the pandemic. Norway last week recorded 21 457 confirmed cases, and 33 deaths.

Different countries have responded to Omicron’s popularity differently. Jacinda Adern, New Zealand’s Prime Minister, suggested Friday that Covid-19 restrictions may be eased to permit orgies up to 25 individuals.



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