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

Find out what’s going on in Norway on Wednesday with The Local’s short roundup of important news. 

Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Wednesday 
Oslo Operahus. Photo by Arvid Malde on Unsplash

Coronavirus measures extended in Oslo 

Oslo City Council have extended current coronavirus measures until June 18th. 

The decision comes after infections in the Norwegian capital rose by 87 percent last week. 

“Almost 600 were infected. A large amount of those were 16–19-year-old’s who haven’t been vaccinated yet,” Executive Mayor Raymond Johansen told the press on Tuesday. 

Johansen added that another reason for extending measures was that the city council is hoping to lift them for good when they do ease restrictions. 

Click HERE for more on the extension of coronavirus restrictions in Oslo 

The Executive Mayor said the city would also be banning russ, final year high school students who party in the month leading up to their final exams, from “rolling”. 

READ MORE: Could final year high school students in Norway be given earlier Covid-19 vaccines? 

This is where students ride around in special party buses or coaches. 

“If there are many in a russ bus, perhaps in a jovial mood and wanting to dance and shout and have a good time, we see that the risk of infection spreading increases greatly,” Johansen said. 

You can read more on the current measures in Oslo here

Warning systems tested today 

The Norwegian Civil Defence will test its warning systems today at midday. 

The message “Important message- search for information” will be tested in all municipalities where warning system are installed. 

The signal will be sent three times with one-minute pauses between each message. 

There are around 1,250 warning systems installed across Norway that can be used in both war and peacetime. 

“In peacetime, the warning systems can be used in industrial accidents with emissions or toxic or dangerous substances. While in war, the facilities can be used in case of airstrikes,” Sigurd Heier, acting chief of the civil defence, said in a statement.

Press conference on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine 

The government is expected to unveil its voluntary scheme for those who wish to opt-in for the single-use Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine, newspaper VG have reported

According to the paper, the plan will be rolled out as early as next week. 

The solution will allow GP’s and private medical clinics to assess those wishing to take the vaccine and print a prescription for it. 

There are currently over 200,000 vaccine doses of the single use vaccine in stock. 

READ ALSO: Norway officially axes AstraZeneca jab and changes vaccine strategy

188 new Covid-19 cases 

On Tuesday, 188 new coronavirus infections were recorded across Norway, a decline of 51 on the seven-day average of 239. 

In the Capital, Oslo, 62 new cases were registered. This is a drop of 26 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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Have Oslo’s new electric scooter rules reduced accidents?

New rules were brought in to combat the sharp rise in accidents and injuries involving electric scooters in Oslo. But, one month later, have the new regulations done the job?  

Have new rules had an impact on the number of accidents involving scooters in Oslo. Pictured it two e-scooters parked outside a

New rules brought in to cut down on the number of e-scooter accidents in Norway’s capital appear to have had the desired effect as incidents were more halved in September, when the rules were introduced, compared to the month before. 

This is according to figures from Oslo University Hospital’s (OUS) emergency department that have been obtained by newspaper Aftenposten

The Emergency Medical Service in Oslo registered 143 injuries in connection with electric scooters in September. In August, the month before measures were brought in, there were 301 injuries.’

Compared to the peak of accidents in June, where 436 injuries were recorded, incidents are down by almost two-thirds. 

“We are very happy. This is what we hoped for,” Henrik Siverts, chief physician at OUS’s emergency department, told the newspaper Aftenposten

‘We feared it would happen’: Oslo sees first death of electric scooter rider

Among the new stricter rules introduced for rental scooters, which included significantly cutting the number of devices in the city, was a curfew that prevented people from using them between 11pm and 5am. 

Siverts said that the curfew had a dramatic effect in reducing accidents at night. 

“Unsurprisingly, accidents have gone down at night time. What injuries we do get at night are probably people who privately own their scooters. But accidents have also gone down during the day, too,” he explained.  

Just eight injuries were recorded in September at night, compared to just under 100 in August. 

Over the summer, a surge in accidents meant accident and emergency departments in Oslo were forced to have more staff on during weekends. Still, as a result of the reduction in scooter accidents, staffing has now returned to normal. 

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