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Norway prime minister says sorry for COVID violation, will pay fine

Norwegian flags flutter at Karl Johans street in Oslo, Norway May 31, 2017. (photo credit: REUTERS)
Norwegian flags flutter at Karl Johans street in Oslo, Norway May 31, 2017.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg apologized again on Friday for breaking COVID-19 social distancing rules when organizing a family gathering to celebrate her birthday, and said she would pay a fine of 20,000 crowns ($2,352).
"I'd like to say again that I'm sorry for breaking the coronavirus rules," Solberg told Norway's TV2 News.
 
The two-term prime minister apologised last month for organising an event to celebrate her 60th birthday with 13 family members at a mountain resort in late February, despite a government ban on events attended by more than 10 people.
While the police would not have issued a fine in most such cases, the prime minister has been at the forefront of the government's work to impose restrictions, the police said.
"Though the law is the same for all, all are not equal in front of the law," said Saeverud, justifying the fine.


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