At its extraordinary meeting, the Swedish government has decided to ban entry from Norway, where a more contagious British variant of the coronavirus is spreading in the Oslo area.

The ban will take effect tonight at midnight and will run until at least February 14th.

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs also recommends that non-essential trips to Norway be avoided.

Swedish citizens cannot be prevented from returning to their home country if they are coming from Norway.

Interior Minister Mikael Damberg said he believed most were aware of the situation and postponed their trips to the neighboring country.