Oslo: School closures possible this week as Covid-19 cases numbers rise

Schools in Oslo could be closed from Wednesday this week, according to Norwegian media reports.

Oslo: School closures possible this week as Covid-19 cases numbers rise
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Capital Oslo could announce the closure of schools from Wednesday this week, according to reports by national broadcaster NRK, which says it has spoken to relevant sources.

Children and young people in the city will face online classes for the “coming weeks”, according to the report.

The closure, which will not apply to kindergartens, is not yet confirmed, but the city council is expected to brief media later on Monday.

It is unclear whether the youngest age groups may be exempted from closures, NRK writes.

A total of 640 new cases of the coronavirus were registered in Norway during the last day, according to data from official registration system MSIS. The number is 214 fewer than the figure reported on Sunday but 271 more than the number on the equivalent day last week.

As of the early hours of Monday, 275 new cases of Covid-19 have been registered in Oslo over the last 24 hours. That is 87 more cases than were registered at the same point last week.

The last two weeks have seen an average of 221 new infections daily in the capital.

Some areas of the city – particularly the Stovner, Grorud and Alna neighbourhoods – have higher incidence rates than other locations, according to official figures. The three suburbs currently have respective incidence rates of 1,090, 1,047 and 922 cases per 100,000 residents for the last two weeks. The area with the lowest current incidence, Nordstrand, has 219 cases per 100,00 residents.

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What you might not have known about Oslo’s Diechman Bjørvika library

Located in the heart of Oslo, the Deichman Bjørvika has recently been crowned Norway’s most visited cultural institution. However, there are a few things you might not have known about the mega-library.

What you might not have known about Oslo’s Diechman Bjørvika library

Spread over six floors and a stone’s throw from the central station and opera house, Oslo’s Bjørvika Deichman library has become a firm favourite since its opening in 2020. 

The library is the country’s most visited cultural institution, attracting 3.3 million visitors since it opened its doors to the public, according to figures from newswire NTB. 

However, a lot more lies beneath the library’s sleek modern architecture than books. These are a few things you may not have known about Deichman Bjørvika. 

It’s a great place to practice Norwegian

Every Monday, except for public holidays, the Red Cross holds Norwegian language training at 5pm for people who want to practice their skills with others

Tickets are handed out on the fourth floor from 16:30, and the language training takes place on the fifth floor. The event runs for 2 hours. 

You can practice with other participants, which can help you network and make friends if you are a new arrival.

READ MORE: Places to practice your Norwegian in Oslo

You can book a private cinema screening for free

They say the best things in life are free, and we’ve all dreamed of being able to book a private cinema screening for ourselves before. 

But, did you know that you can book a free private cinema screening of a film in the library? Not only that, but the screening is completely free! 

Diechman Bjørvika’s mini-cinema can host films, documentaries, and short films in a screening room for 20 people. The mini cinema is on the 3rd floor, and a minimum of three people are required to make a booking. 

You can choose films and media from or FilmBIB, in addition to those from the library’s collection. 

It does come with a small catch. Eating in the cinema is against the rules. You can book here

Intended to be a social hub

If you haven’t been able to tell by now, you’re unlikely to get shooshed in this library for chatting to a friend. 

Designed to be a social hub, there are plenty of places where you can be social and make a bit of noise. For starters, there are various talks and lectures offered on an almost weekly basis. Then there are the meeting rooms. 

If you fancy giving your brain a rest, there is also free shuffleboard situated by the windows, allowing for views of the Oslo fjord.

There are also Friday night social meetings and a free junior cinema for younger visitors. 

Plenty of opportunities to get creative 

Some hobbies can take quite a bit of money to get into, or the equipment might take up too much space. Luckily, the Deichman has plenty of space and opportunities for people to try something new, get in touch with their creative side, or pick up a forgotten passion. 

3D printerssewing machines and vinyl cutters are some equipment visitors can use at the library. There is also a creative workshop with tools that can be borrowed and where you can meet others who quite like tinkering with odds and ends

Other creatives have plenty of things to sink their teeth into as well. There’s a DJ deck with headphones, Serrato DJ Pro software, Pioneer DDJ-SR2 controllers, and a touch screen interface. Aspiring disk jockeys can bring their own songs on a memory stick or use the library’s Tidal subscription. For chatterboxes, there is also a podcast studio