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Coronavirus: Norwegians told to leave countryside cabins and return home

Coronavirus: Norwegians told to leave countryside cabins and return home
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The Norwegian government has set out a new coronavirus regulation to stop people staying in countryside cabins that are in a different municipality from where they live.

People in Norway have been told to leave their countryside cabins and return to their homes as soon as possible, according to Norwegian media NRK.

It is feared rural hospitals could be overwhelmed, if many people are staying in cabins that are in a different area from where they live.

The municipalities that have many cottages should be able to take care of their own inhabitants in a very demanding situation, health minister Bent Høie reportedly said.

“This means that everyone now has to follow the strong request of the prime minister to pack their cases and go home. If they do not, we will prohibit them from staying in the cabin.”

Prime minister Erna Solberg has said the government will deploy the civil defence to bring people home from their cabins if necessary.

It comes as a second person in Norway has died from the coronavirus. An elderly patient infected with Covid-19 died on Saturday night, according to Oslo University Hospital.

Health authorities in Norway have now recorded 907 people in the country as being infected with the coronavirus.


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