Norway’s Prime Minister addresses youngsters about coronavirus

epa08297412 Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg (R) during a press conference for children in Oslo, Norway, 16 March 2020. Children asked questions about the Coronavirus. Several European countries have closed borders, schools as well as public facilities, and have cancelled most major sports and entertainment events in order to prevent the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus causing the Covid-19 disease. EPA-EFE/LISE ASERUD NORWAY OUT

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Last Monday, Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg, together with two of her Cabinet Ministers, met up with a group of children to answer their questions related to CoVid-19 and the current situation in their country. This was the second such press conference of its type in a few days, as last week Mette Frederiksen, Denmark’s centre-left prime minister, held a 3-minute with Danish children regarding this modern pandemic.

Norway’s schools closed their doors for two weeks last week, and the country’s national day on May 17th has been cancelled. When asked how she is taking care of herself, Ms Solberg answered she was trying to get a good night’s sleep, as well as stocking up on bilberries — smaller and tastier blueberries — and drink their juice.

The Norwegian PM stressed that fear was a normal feeling in such circumstances, as people are worried about becoming ill, as well as facing new realities. When asked about birthdays, Ms Solberg advised, “If somebody has a birthday in the class, everybody should ring them and sing happy birthday!” Other tips included not staying up late to play video games, to eat healthy food and not to forsake home schooling.

This was one of a series of daily press conference that the centre-right prime minister has held since the outbreak of the pandemic, and she was praised for her initiative to address the younger generation.

Via Financial Times

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