Norway will impose fresh restrictions to prevent a further spread of the coronavirus, Prime Minister Erna Solberg says, including a nationwide ban on serving alcohol in restaurants and bars and not inviting guests home.
The Nordic country has seen a rise in cases over the past month and now estimates that one sick person infects 1.3 others on average, authorities have said.
"We see more signs of a new wave of infections," Solberg told reporters, citing among the reasons Christmas and New Year's Eve celebrations and the emergence of the more contagious variant of the virus first identified in Britain.
In order to avoid the virus getting "out of control", Norwegians must suspend their social lives for the next two weeks, Solberg said
The government on Saturday said lectures at universities would be suspended until January 18, with the government asking students to stay home and not return to their campuses during that time.
And on Thursday, Oslo imposed mandatory COVID-19 tests for all people arriving in Norway upon arrival or within 24 hours to stop the spread of the coronavirus variant detected first in Britain.
Small border crossings have been shut as they do not have capacity to have COVID-19 test centres and more military personnel will man the border with Finland in the Arctic.
Norway's virus cases per capita in recent weeks was the fourth-lowest in Europe behind Iceland, Greece and Finland.
The Nordic country has recorded 436 deaths from COVID-19.