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Norwegian PM fined for breaking COVID-19 rules

Prime minister hosted birthday party with 13 friends in February in violation of COVID rules, say police.

Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg has been fined 20,000 kroner ($2,350) for breaking coronavirus social-distancing rules, police said on Friday.

According to a police statement, Solberg held a birthday party on Feb. 27 with 13 people in a restaurant in a clear violation of COVID-19 rules.

“Though the law is the same for all, all are not equal in front of the law,” police spokesman Ole Saeverud said.

He added: “It is hence correct to issue a fine in order to sustain the general public’s trust in the rules on social restrictions.”

According to COVID-19 restrictions in Norway, more than 10 people are not allowed in restaurants and bars.

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