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Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Monday 

Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Monday 
Oslo Operahus. Photo by Arvid Malde on Unsplash
Find out what’s going on in Norway on Monday with The Local’s short roundup of important news. 

Covid-19 vaccine redistribution begins today 

Norway has started prioritizing vaccines to areas in Eastern Norway with consistently high infection rates. The majority of municipalities in Norway will see a cut in vaccine shipments of up to 35 percent. 

The 23 municipalities selected to receive more doses will now receive up to 45 percent more vaccines until they have offered everyone over 18 a jab. 

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health picked the municipalities based on a model that considered the risk of infection, risk of hospitalization, and progress in the vaccination program. 

Municipalities, where doses have been diverted elsewhere, will offer an accelerated inoculation scheme during the summer to ensure that the NIPH target of offering everyone 18 a dose by the end of July doesn’t slip.

READ MORE: Norway begins redistributing Covid-19 vaccine doses to local areas 

NIPH clarify tweet saying pandemic over

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health have insisted that the coronavirus pandemic is still ongoing after the health Institute’s chief doctor, Preben Aavitsland, posted a tweet saying the pandemic had ended. 

“It is too early to state from the NIPH side that this pandemic is over in Norway. But it is very gratifying development that both the number of infections and positive tests are declining, and that the incidence of new hospital admissions and intensive care units have been stably low in recent weeks,” Director of the NIPH, Camilla Stoltenberg, said in a statement

Last week, the NIPH predicted that the coronavirus epidemic within Norway’s borders would disappear by the summer. 

Read More: Covid-19 epidemic in Norway could ‘disappear’ by summer 

Record support for EEA in Norway 

According to a new survey, two-thirds of people in Norway would vote in favour of an agreement with the EEA if a referendum were held today.

Data collection firm Sentio conducted the survey for newspapers Nationen and Klassekampen

The majority are still against full EU membership. Almost 30 percent of those surveyed said they would want Norway to become an EU member, the highest proportion in favour of joining the EU since 2010. 

Last Friday, Norway struck a deal with the UK on a post-Brexit free trade deal. The Norwegian government said that the deal was the largest it had entered into, outside of the EEA agreement. 

READ MORE: Norway and UK strike post-Brexit trade deal

128 new Coronavirus cases in Norway 

On Sunday, 128 new coronavirus measures were recorded in Norway, a decrease of more than half on the seven-day average of 284. 

Infection numbers tend to be lower on weekends. 

In Oslo, 52 new Covid cases were registered, 29 more than the seven day average of 81. 

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. 

Total number of Covid-19 cases. Source: NIPH

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