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Norway opens up to travel from six more Swedish regions

Norway has opened up to travel from six more Swedish regions, meaning that people travelling from these areas do not need to self-quarantine in Norway and that Norwegians may travel there for tourism.

Norway opens up to travel from six more Swedish regions
Örebro is one of the regions from where it's now possible to travel to Norway. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/Scanpix/TT

The affected regions are Värmland, Örebro, Gotland, Västernorrland, Jämtland and Västerbotten, with the travel warning set to be removed at midnight on Friday. It follows a recommendation from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health earlier this week.

“I am happy about the positive development in several regions in Sweden,” Norwegian Health Minister Bent Høie said at a press conference on Wednesday.

Together with Norrbotten and Södermanland, which were already on Norway's 'yellow list', that makes eight of Sweden's 21 regions. 'Yellow areas', previously classes as 'green', do not require quarantine on arrival, but the government changed the colour to emphasise the recommendation against travel in general.

The decision is based on an overall assessment of the infection rate and situation in the country. Two of the criteria are fewer than 20 confirmed cases per 100 000 inhabitants during the last two weeks, and fewer than five percent positive tests on average per week over the last two weeks.

Travellers from other parts of Sweden must quarantine for ten days on arrival in Norway, though exceptions can be made for work-related travel, while Norwegians are not allowed to travel to these areas for tourism purposes.

 

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Sweden to stop offering Covid jabs to teenagers

Sweden's Public Health Agency said on Friday it was no longer recommending that children aged 12 to 17 get vaccinated against Covid-19, citing the "very low risk" for the group. The new recommendation will come into force on October 31.

Sweden to stop offering Covid jabs to teenagers

“The decision means that as of November 1, 2022 only children in certain vulnerable groups are recommended to get and thereby offered vaccinations against Covid-19,” the agency said.

“Overall we see that the need for care as a result of Covid-19 has been low among children and young people… and has in addition subsided since the Omicron variant started spreading,” Sören Andersson, head of the Public Health Agency’s vaccination department, said in the statement.

For those over 18, the Swedish recommendation is three doses, with a fourth recommended for those over 65.

The country made global headlines when it refused to implement draconian measures as other countries around the world went into lockdown.

Sweden saw a slight increase in the number of deaths during the summer, but the number is now falling.

After having a high death toll at the beginning of the pandemic, the Nordic country now has fewer deaths per capita than the European average.

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