STOCKHOLM

Norway’s police has launched an investigation into an alleged breach of COVID-19 restrictions by Prime Minister Erna Solberg, public media reported Friday.

According to Norwegian Broadcasting, Solberg held a birthday celebration with 13 people in a restaurant at the Geilo Ski Center and then continued the celebrations with 14 people in an indoor space.

People in Norway are allowed to gather indoors with a maximum of 10 people.

The prime minister’s action has drawn harsh criticism from the public for flouting those rules.

Speaking to NRK, Solberg said: “I warned people every day to abide by the restrictions. I should have followed those myself.”

The Nordic country has reported 84,553 virus cases and 648 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

*Writing and contribution by Busra Nur Cakmak in Ankara.

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