‘Russ’ season worries health institute

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Norway’s rowdy graduating high school students known as russ have mostly waited for their partying to begin, because of all the Corona virus restrictions. The government has allowed russ season to begin from the 17th of May, but state health institute FHI worries it can lead to another infection spike.

FHI’s top officials have otherwise been adopting a more optimistic tone, with the institute’s Dr Preben Aavitsland predicting during the weekend that the pandemic will be over in Norway by August. That’s because most everyone over age 18 will be vaccinated by then.

After every weekend with pre-russ partying, though, there’s been an increase in confirmed cases of the virus, and some youth have become seriously ill. Police all over Norway also reported another busy weekend around the country, having to break up groups of partying russ before the party season was sanctioned.

Now the russ‘ wildly painted buses that blare loud music can legally start rolling in earnest. Russ leaders claims the party season can go well if everyone follows the rules and gets tested at the first sign of any symptoms. FHI officials warn against too many people crowding on board the buses, which, through a loophole in the law, aren’t covered by Corona rules. Russ season ends June 18.

newsinenglish.no staff