The Norwegian ministry has announced that 158 passengers on a Nice-Oslo flight must undergo a 10-day quarantine after arriving in Norway one minute past midnight on Saturday, the day when Norway officially classified France as a Covid “red zone.”
According to Oslo Airport and SAS, flight SK4700 touched down at midnight sharp, although FlightRadar24 stated the Boeing 737 touched down on the Oslo tarmac at 12:01 am—nine minutes ahead of schedule.
“The switch to the red zone was from midnight, so midnight exactly or midnight one, they must go into quarantine,” explained Elisabeth Johansen, an adviser to the Norwegian Ministry of Health.
She added that passengers will be able to quarantine at home and do not have to stay in hotels at the airport.
On Thursday, Norway announced that France, Switzerland, Monaco and the Czech Republic were placed as a “red zone” as these four countries have crossed the threshold of 20 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the past 14 days, the level that Oslo has set for quarantines.
Norway has seen cases triple over the past two weeks, with a rate of 7 new cases per 100,000 according to WHO Europe.
Meawhile in Monaco, eight new cases have been reported over the past four days. Four of the eight Covid cases are Monaco residents and two of the eight (one a Monaco resident) were infected in Monaco.