King Harald V has addressed the Norwegian people regarding the coronavirus situation via video on Sunday, 15 March 2020, whilst still in quarantine.

King Harald V's address to the Norwegian people about the coronavirus situation on Sunday, 15 March 2020. Photo: Simen Løvberg Sund, The Royal Court
King Harald’s address to the nation regarding the coronavirus situation.
Photo: Simen Løvberg Sund, The Royal Court

King Harald and Queen Sonja have been home quarantine since Thursday, 12 March 2020.

The King gave his speech from the Royal Lodge at Holmenkollen in Oslo which was broadcasted live on TV in Norway from 7.00 pm (local time).

They cancelled or postponed all official engagements until Easter, in accordance with the government’s new measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

King Harald’s speech regarding the corona situation on Sunday, 15 March 2020.
Photo: Simen Løvberg Sund, The Royal Court

Here is the English translation:

Dear everyone, 

We find ourselves in a situation that is both unreal, alien and frightening for all of us. We do not recognize our everyday life or the world around us. And yet we are only standing at the beginning of something we do not fully know the consequences of.

Uncertainty makes us vulnerable.
The seriousness makes us anxious.
The new everyday life can give us a feeling of powerlessness.

Norway is affected along with the rest of the world.

Now our most important task is to try to slow down the dramatic development – by following the orders given by the authorities.

We can be grateful that we have political leaders and professional authorities with the courage and knowledge to meet the situation with honesty and realism.

Norway is known as a trust society. Now there is a special need to show each other confidence. Both ensure that everyone takes responsibility for preventing the spread of infection. And for the country’s authorities to make good and wise decisions.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all now.

With you who are sick and with you who are relatives.

With health professionals all over the country, day and night. With those who are experiencing financial loss and fear of the future. With all of you who hold important social functions so our country can function.

In all the children – who may be particularly anxious now – and whom we must take extra care of.

And with those who feel the loneliness because our small and large communities are temporarily taken away from us.

Finally, I would like to remind you that everyone needs a little extra kindness during this time. Together we stand in this. And together we will be able to get through what lies ahead.

So far, according to the royal correspondent Oskar Aanmoen on Twitter, three have died in Norway, 37 are in hospital and at least 1,077 are affected by the virus, whilst ‘tens of thousands’ are in quarantine.

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