Norway quarantines arrivals from France, Switzerland and other countries for 10 days

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OSLO (Reuters) – Norway will reimpose a 10-day quarantine on Saturday for all travelers from France, Switzerland and the Czech Republic, due to the growing number of coronavirus cases in those countries, its health institute announced Thursday public.Norway will also reimpose the quarantine for people coming from Monaco and parts of neighboring Sweden, while lifting the quarantine for other regions.

The Nordic country, which is not a member of the European Union but belongs to the passport-free Schengen travel zone, had some of Europe’s toughest travel restrictions at the start of the pandemic before gradually lifting them from of June.

Other countries in Europe are considering measures, if any, to be imposed to prevent a new wave of infections.

Germany on Thursday announced mandatory testing for travelers returning from high-risk regions after new cases of the coronavirus crossed the 1,000-a-day threshold for the first time since May.

Norwegian authorities are also discussing the advisability of updating guidelines on wearing face masks in crowded spaces.

Norway and other Nordic countries, unlike many other European countries, do not currently recommend that people wear them in public spaces, but authorities have said they are reconsidering their advice following the increase in cases in Europe.

The country of 5.4 million people has seen an increase in the number of COVID-19 infections with 9,409 cases reported on Thursday, up 12 cases from the previous day. The total number of deaths remained unchanged at 256.

Reporting by Gwladys Fouche and Nora Buli; edited by John Stonestreet and Lisa Shumaker

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