Norway is slowly beginning to lift restrictions on the coronavirus epidemic. The country's Prime Minister Erna Solberg said on Tuesday.

Norway said on Monday that it had “controlled” the coronavirus epidemic when the virus’s infectivity rate fell to 0.7, according to authorities. The number expresses how many people are infected by one patient on average, and a number below 1 indicates that the epidemic is fading.

- Together, we have got the virus under control, and as a result, we can open up society one piece at a time, Solberg said at a news conference, according to Reuters.

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According to Solberg, the kindergartens are scheduled to reopen in the week beginning April 20, and the schools ’1-4. students in the classes will get back to school the following week.

Norwegians will again be allowed to travel to their cottages from 20 April.

At a press conference in the Norwegian Parliament at the end of March, physical distance was exercised.

Photo: Stian Lysberg Solum / AFP / Lehtikuva

According to Solberg, however, teleworking must continue, and Norwegians must get used to infection prevention measures “for a long time”.

The organization of major sporting and cultural events will remain banned until mid-June. Nor are Norwegians living in Norway still advised to travel abroad unless absolutely necessary.

Nor are foreigners who do not have a permanent work or residence permit in Norway yet. The exceptions are European citizens working in sectors that are considered critical, such as agriculture, fisheries and the oil industry.

In Norway, too, restrictive measures have led to a deteriorating economic situation and thousands of layoffs. According to Reuters, the unemployment rate rose to a record high of 15.4 percent on Tuesday.

By Tuesday, 5,863 confirmed coronavirus infections had been diagnosed in Norway. There were 108 new ones.

To date, 69 people have died from the virus in Norway.