Norwegian Defence Minister Quarantined Over Coronavirus, More Gov’t Members Undergo Check-Ups

In the light of the coronavirus outbreak, the Norwegian health authorities have recommended cancelling or delaying all events with over 500 participants, prompting the ruling Conservative Party to put off its national convention.

Norwegian Defence Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen has been quarantined after his possible exposure to coronavirus COVID-19.

Bakke-Jensen cancelled visits and meetings in the near future, including a scheduled lecture at the University of Oslo on Tuesday, after shaking hands with several people who have been to Italy recently during a meeting in Bergen last week. Now, his network of contacts is being thoroughly examined, Norwegian national broadcaster NRK reported.

So far, the defence minister hasn’t exhibited any symptoms of the infection.

“When I found out today that one of [the people I met] had developed symptoms and had to be tested for coronavirus, I took my precautions,” Bakke-Jensen explained.

Prime Minister and fellow Conservative Erna Solberg said that the quarantine is based on Bakke-Jensen’s contact with a person being tested for the virus.

“The minister of defence will take it easy until the results of this person are clear,” Solberg said.

The same precautions were also in place for the Chief of the Danish Army Command General Michael Lollesgaard, who was quarantined following a NATO meeting with an Italian official who tested positive for COVID-19.

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