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

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

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

Covid-19 certificate launches in Norway 

The complete domestic version of Norway’s Covid-19 certificate is expected to be ready to launch today. 

From 3 pm, the certificate will allow fully vaccinated travellers to skip entry quarantine if they test negative for coronavirus within two days of their arrival. 

The government has said numerous times that the Covid-19 certificate would help speed up the country’s reopening plan. 

However, they are yet to release more details on how exactly this will be done. They have also previously said that the domestic version of the Covid-19 certificate would be used for tours and cruises within Norway. 

The domestic version of the certificate takes the form of a simple QR code. The government have said that pictures of the QR codes should not be shared or posted anywhere. 

The domestic version of the Norwegian Covid-19 certificate. Source: NIPH

The version that will be used for travel in the EU as part of the Vaccine Passport scheme will not be ready until July. 

The Covid-19 certificate is available at helsenorge.no.  

READ MORE: New Norway to launch full version of digital ‘Covid certificates’

New quarantine hotel rules 

New quarantine hotel rules that allow travellers who have received both doses of Covid-19 vaccine in Norway to skip entry quarantine provided they test negative for Covid-19 within two days of their arrival come into effect this afternoon.

From 3 pm, arrivals can present their Norwegian Covid-19 certificate and will not be obliged to undertake the entry quarantine period if they test negative for the virus within two days.

READ MORE: Travel: Norway to scrap entry quarantine for vaccinated arrivals 

Those with a single vaccine, administered in Norway at least three weeks before their arrival, will be able to test out of home quarantine after three days. 

Travellers vaccinated abroad and travelling with the EU vaccine passport will not be able to skip entry quarantine until July at the latest. 

Top health official fears voluntary Johnson & Johnson vaccine could lead to deaths 

Director of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Camilla Stoltenberg, has said she fears the new scheme that will allow volunteers to take the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine could lead to deaths. 

“I am afraid someone will get a blood clot, and afraid someone might die from this. But I hope it does not happen,” she told Norwegian newspaper VG

Cases of blood clots have been reported in relation to the single-dose vaccine in Europe and the US. 

From June 15th, those wishing to take the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be able to book a medical evaluation to receive the vaccine if specific criteria are met. 

Only certain categories of people will qualify, including those who need to travel to countries where the pandemic is raging, those who, for various reasons, cannot wait their turn to receive the other available vaccines and those who have loved ones suffering from severe forms of cancer.

READ MORE: Norway offers Johnson & Johnson vaccine to volunteers

The final decision will lie with the doctor. 

210 new Covid cases 

On Thursday, 210 new coronavirus infections were registered in Norway, 10 cases less than the seven-day average of 220. 

In Oslo, 53 new cases of infection were registered, 15 less than the seven-day average of 68. 

The R-number or reproduction rate in Norway is currently 0.9. This means that every ten people that are infected will, on average, only infect another nine people, indicating that the infection level is declining.

Number of reported Covid-19 cases in Norway. Source: NIPH

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

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

Pictured is Holmenkollen in Oslo.
Read about the interval between doses two and three being shortened and the death of Kåre Willoch in today's roundup of important news. Pictured is Holmenkollen in Oslo. Photo by Michael Ankes on Unsplash

Tributes paid to Kåre Willoch 

The former prime minister and Conservative Party leader Kåre Willoch passed away yesterday aged 93. King Harold, prime minister Jonas Gahr Støre and former PM Erna Solberg were among those to pay tribute to Willoch. 

“He was a very gracious and nice person who was concerned with people and political issues,” Solberg said. 

The former PM pointed to Willoch’s modernisation reform in Norway as his most significant political legacy. 

“The most important thing he did was the modernisation of Norway,” she said. 

Health minister to decide on new Covid-19 measures

New coronavirus measures are on their way in Norway, with the health minister, Ingvild Kjerkol, set to decide on new restrictions following a rise in infections, outbreaks of the Omicron variant and parts of the health service nearing capacity. 

“There will be measures we will notice in our everyday lives,” Kjerkol said to public broadcaster NRK

“The situation is demanding, and that is the reason why we are now looking at new measures. We have a health service that is in full swing, and our goal is to have control of the pandemic, in the form that the municipalities and hospitals are able to provide proper health care,” Kjerkol explained.

READ ALSO: How could Norway’s Covid-19 restrictions be tightened this week?

The minister didn’t reveal any details on what could be announced but said that decisions would be made on Tuesday. 

Coronavirus booster vaccine interval shortened 

The interval between vaccine doses two and three for those aged between 64 and 45 will be shortened by a month, Norway’s health ministry has announced

The interval will now be five months when it was previously six. All adults with serious underlying conditions and those working in the health and care sectors will also have the interval cut. 

One in three think Covid-19 measures are too relaxed

A third of Norwegians feel that the current Covid measures in place in Norway are insufficient and need tightening, according to a survey conducted by Norstat for public broadcaster NRK.

Ten percent said the measures were too comprehensive, and just under 50 percent said that the current level of action was appropriate. 

4,117 new Covid-19 cases in Norway

On Monday, 4,117 new Covid-19 cases were registered in Norway. That is 1,240 more cases than the same day last week. 

As of yesterday, 295 people were hospitalised with Covid-19. 

A graph showing the number of weekly cases in Norway.
The total number of weekly cases in Norway throughout the pandemic. Source: Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
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