– The government should quickly follow up the advice from FHI, says Frps Bård Hoksrud. The Liberal Party’s Guri Melby advises the government not to “doubt” a specific timetable.
Politicians in several parties are all happy with the new signals from FHI. However, they are not as consistent in their advice on what the government should do. Some are more impatient than others.
The National Institute of Public Health now recommends a reorganization of the course.
– Most measures against the epidemic can now be gradually reduced over a short period of time without, in the long run, giving a significantly increased disease burden, the institute writes in a recent report.
According to several media, the government is planning significant easing of infection control measures next week. It also confirms the Minister of Health and Care Services Ingvild Kjerkol (Labor Party) to TV2.
– It is very uplifting to read FHI’s weekly report. It really gives hope that we can soon return to a normal everyday life.
This is what the Conservative Party’s health policy spokesperson, Tone W. Trøen, says. She emphasizes that it is the government that must now make the assessments of what is to happen.
– If the plan is for everyone to be infected, it is important to ensure that not everyone gets sick at the same time, she says and points out that there can therefore be demanding decisions for the government.
– The government must make the decision on how quickly the measures will be phased out, she says. She believes it is important that there is a clear communication of what is going to happen, so that it becomes predictable. She also reminds that it is important to maintain a certain level of preparedness in the future.
– We know that you have to take into account that new things may happen, she says.
FRP expects rapid downsizing
The Liberal Party and the Green Party make clearer demands to the government.
– When FHI is as clear as it is now, the government must quickly follow up the health authorities and conclude, says FRP’s health policy spokesperson Bård Hoksrud.
He says he experiences a lot of initiative fatigue among people. Therefore, he believes that the government must not spend too long considering what to do.
– Now you have to do everything quickly, he says.
He points out that FHI now points out that the omicron infection leads to flu-like illness. Therefore, he believes the corona measures must be adjusted downwards. He says this would have been even easier if the intensive care capacity in the hospitals was better than it is. Nevertheless, he thinks the government “must quickly and effectively follow FHI’s advice and open up”.
The government must not doubt its schedule
The Liberal Party’s parliamentary leader Guri Melby believes that FHI’s advice on rapid downsizing makes sense.
– The government should follow it up quickly and not doubt a schedule they set a long time ago, she says.
She believes there is no reason to live with strict restrictions for another week when FHI recommends major relief.
– They should still prioritize children and young people, as FHI also recommends, but they should also do something about the recommendations for home offices. Workplaces need to get started again, and people need to meet their colleagues, she says in an SMS.
KrF will prioritize children and young people first
KrF’s health policy spokeswoman, Olaug Bollestad, notes that FHI recommends a gradual phasing out of the measures over a short period of time.
– It must mean that it is not possible to open to everyone at once. Then we believe children and young people must be given priority, she says.
She says it will be very important to have clear communication in the future, so that people know how to behave when they become infected.
– We must follow this closely, as a large disease burden can weaken many, many key functions, she points out.
Bollestad says she experiences for the first time during the pandemic that the health authorities conduct double communication. She refers to the message that it is “better to be infected now than later”.
– They no longer say a word about those who, despite vaccines, are very vulnerable. Now they get a de facto curfew. I think some of the most vulnerable may feel abandoned, she says in an SMS.
These are current national measures
These are some of the national measures that now apply:
- Everyone should be tested and stay at home if they get symptoms of corona.
- Keep at least one meter away from those you do not live with. You should avoid squeezing and shaking hands.
- Everyone should reduce the number of close contacts.
- It is recommended not to have more than ten guests at home and to keep at least one meter distance to others than those you live with.
- Catering establishments must ensure that guests can stay one meter away and must close the alcohol service at 23.00.
- It is mandatory to wear a face mask on public transport, in taxis, in shops and in other situations where you can not keep your distance.
- The employer must ensure that employees can work from home when it is practically possible and not an obstacle to important and necessary activities in the workplace.
- Anyone over the age of 16 is recommended to take the coronary vaccine. The recommendation is primarily related to the risk of serious disease if you receive corona.
- Everyone who is at risk or who has not been vaccinated against coronary heart disease should be protected. This does not mean that you should have social isolation, but it is important to be aware of following the infection control advice.
- At events, rules and recommendations for implementation, number restrictions and distance must be followed.
The action levels at schools and kindergartens are decided locally.