At the same time, devastating economic consequences have been predicted, as hundreds of thousands of jobs are expected to disappear in Norway alone as a result of the virus outbreak.
Norway will close the border for foreigners without a residence permit in Norway to contain the coronavirus epidemic.
“We close the ports and airports and want to have strict control over our borders”, Prime Minister Erna Solberg told national broadcaster NRK.
At the same time Solberg emphasised that Norwegians stranded abroad should of course be able to return to Norway.
“They are not closed completely, for Norwegians and others who must be able to land here, but it is an expulsion instruction for people who come here and do not have a special need to be here”, Solberg explained.
The government also asked for assistance from the Civil Defence and the Home Guard to enforce border control. The measure will take effect starting Monday.
This past weekend, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen also announced a closure of national borders, including the land border in Southern Jutland, the Øresund Bridge and ferry connections to the neighbouring countries Scandinavian, as well as airport connections to the whole world.
In many border crossing points, both the police and the military will be present to maintain a strict border control over the next month.
Those who aren’t Danish citizens and lack a worthy purpose, will be rejected at the border. For instance, visiting a family member…