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Lithuanian torture victim still in coma

A 30-year-old Lithuanian man remains in an induced coma more than two weeks after he was found hanging upside down in a stairwell at the farm where he worked in Nærøy, north-central Norway.

Lithuanian torture victim still in coma
Photo: Morten Holm/Scanpix

He is believed to have been left hanging with his hands and feet bound for eight to ten hours, during which time he suffered severe muscular injuries.

Staff at St. Olav’s Hospital in Trondheim said the man was in a stable condition but his injuries were still considered very serious.

As the victim was placed in a coma shortly after he arrived at the hospital on April 7th, police have not yet been able to question him.

“We were informed that it could happen this week or next week, but it will just have to happen when it happens,” police investigator Bengt Ivan Blom told news agency NTB.

Police are still waiting for the results of a forensic examination conducted at the scene, which they hope will provide them with DNA evidence.

Investigators are also awaiting more details surrounding the victim’s electronic activity, including mobile phone records.

Before losing consciousness, the victim told police he had received a visit from two men at around midnight at his home on the farm where he has worked for several years.

Police are trying to work out how the suspected culprits broke into his home, located on the farm where he worked.

“We’re trying to find out how many keys there were to the building,” said Blom.

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Municipal strikes among teachers and nurses could impact vulnerable children, the children’s ombudsmen has said. 

“I am concerned about the overall consequences that the strike and the pandemic may have on children and young people. The students bear a disproportionately large part of the burden, which increases each passing day,” Inga Bejer Engh, children’s ombud, told press agency NTB. 

Municipal workers have been on strike since last week when mediation talks between union Unio and municipalities over wage settlements broke down. 

Cases of Delta Covid variant detected in Trondheim

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“We have done a partial genome sequencing and have identified 11 cases of the Indian variant in Trondheim. We are 99 percent sure that it is the Indian variant we are dealing with,” Chief Physician at St Olav’s Hospital told local news site Nidaros.

According to the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, there have been 55 cases of the Delta strain detected in Norway. 

On Tuesday, coronavirus measures in Trondheim were tightened for the second time in a week. 

New quarantine hotel rules 

From today, anyone who has received their first coronavirus jab in Norway, at least three weeks before their arrival, and those who have recovered from Covid-19 in the country in the last six months will not be forced into quarantine hotels when they arrive in Norway.

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Travellers arriving in Norway who were vaccinated in foreign countries will still have to enter quarantine hotels.

The scheme will be in place until Norway’s full “coronavirus certificate” is released on June 11th.

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Led by organisations including UNICEF, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (Gavi) and the World Health Organization (WHO), Covax aims to offer equal access to vaccines for all countries. The scheme is primarily funded by wealthy Western countries, with the EU having pledged €500 million as of November 2020.

The Nordic country had previously provided poorer countries with the option to secure 700,000 vaccine doses through the scheme. 

READ MORE: Why Norway turned down the chance to order nearly 700,000 Covid-19 vaccines

353 new Covid-19 cases in Norway 

On Wednesday, 353 new cases of coronavirus were registered in Norway. This is eight cases more than the seven-day average of 345. 

In the capital, Oslo, 128 new Covid cases were registered in the city. Cases have risen sharply in recent days and yesterday’s figures represent an increase of 69 on the seven-day average. 

The R-number or reproduction rate in Norway is currently 1.0. This means that every ten people that are infected will, on average, only infect another ten people, indicating that the infection level is stable.

Number of reported Covid-19 cases. Source: NIPH
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