Oil Minister ill with Covid-19

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Norway’s Oil Minister Tina Bru is among the record numbers of Norwegians testing positive for the Corona virus this week. She’d already been in quarantine when her test results arrived on Wednesday.

Oil & Energy Minister Tina Bru has tested positive for Covid-19 and admits she’s not well. She has continued, however, to work from her home office. PHOTO: OED

“I feel relatively good, but am also aware that I’m not well,” Bru told newspaper VG on Friday.

Bru wrote on her own Facebook page that she was infected by her young son, who became ill last week.”We (she and her husband) had him tested, and since he was sick, we went into quarantine all weekend.”

She wrote that her son’s positive test result arrived on Sunday. She and her husband were also tested and their quarantine continued. Her husband is now confirmed to be infected with the virus, too.

“This won’t exactly be the Easter holiday we’d hoped for, but that’s the way it is,” Bru wrote, “and it’s the same for everyone this year, regardless of whether you’re sick or isolated. This is really no fun, but we have to hold out and get through this as best we can.”

She’s been working from home, and taking part digitally in the government’s work. Ole Berthelsen, communications chief for Norway’s oil ministry, told state broadcaster NRK that Bru hadn’t physically been inside the ministry recently and none of its other political leaders is in quarantine. Most are all working from home office and operations reportedly were proceeding as normal.

“I think we’re all looking forward to summer and, hopefully, better times,” Bru wrote.

newsinenglish.no staff