Sweden bans travellers from Norway over new COVID-19 variant

Sweden bans travellers from Norway over new COVID-19 variant

The spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Stockholm
A man walks in an almost empty Arlanda airport, north of Stockholm in Sweden on Apr 9, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/TT News Agency/Anders Wiklund)

STOCKHOLM: Sweden said on Sunday (Jan 24) it would temporarily stop all foreigners coming in from Norway from midnight, in a bid to halt the spread of the new coronavirus variant first spotted in Britain.

Interior minister Mikael Damberg told a news conference the entry ban, with exemptions for commuters and some other groups, would last until Feb 14.

The decision came a day after Norway imposed some of its toughest lockdown measures yet in several municipalities after an outbreak of the new coronavirus variant.

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Damberg said the Swedish measures would stop Norwegian shoppers heading over the long shared border to escape those toughter restrictions.

Sweden was also extending an existing ban on entries from Britain and Denmark, he said.

Sweden's foreign ministry posted a message on its website on on Sunday advising against unnecessary travel to Norway.

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Source: Reuters/zl

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