Norway lifts travel ban on UK flights from tomorrow

Flights between the UK and Norway are set to resume tomorrow as a travel ban introduced to quell the spread of mutant Covid is gradually eased.

The Scandinavian country has become one of the first in Europe to lift its ban and flights will resume from 4pm GMT.

More than 40 countries banned flights to and from the UK after the new strain of the virus was discovered.

Several cases of the strain have been discovered abroad, despite the strict measures.

Oslo announced on Thursday it would introduce from January 2 mandatory Covid-19 tests for all people arriving in the country from abroad, either directly upon arrival or up to 24 hours after.

‘If this strain should spread in Norway, it will probably mean a full lockdown of society,’ Prime Minister Erna Solberg said on Thursday.

Norway’s 14-day cumulative number of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants was down to 113.6 as of Wednesday, the fourth lowest in Europe behind Iceland, Greece and Finland, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control has said.

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