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Norway Eases Measures as It Prepares to Live With Omicron Wave

Shoppers walk along Karl Johans gate, the main shopping street, in Oslo, on Oct. 21, 2021.

Shoppers walk along Karl Johans gate, the main shopping street, in Oslo, on Oct. 21, 2021.

Photographer: Odin Jaeger/Bloomberg

Norway is scaling back some of its infection restrictions as it moves into a new phase of the pandemic.

The omicron variant has pushed infection rates to records, and the country now needs to ready itself to tolerate living with the virus, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store told reporters on Thursday. It isn’t possible to stop an omicron-driven wave, but the likelihood of hospitalization is lower and vaccination provides good protection against serious sickness, he said.