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TODAY IN NORWAY

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

Oslo eases Covid restrictions 

Covid-19 Measures in Oslo have been relaxed to bring restrictions in the Norwegian capital more in line with national coronavirus rules. 

“The gradual, controlled opening of Oslo has been a success. Many of the rules that the people of Oslo have been expected to live with are now being removed, and we will essentially live with the same corona rules as people elsewhere in Norway,” Oslo’s Executive Mayor, Raymond Johansen, told reporters at a press conference. 

From today, limits on the number of guests in homes and both restrictions for both indoor and outdoor events are being relaxed. They will be replaced with national measures instead. 

In addition to this, social distancing has been cut in half to one metre, and face masks will now only be mandatory on public transport and in taxis. 

The new rules mix steps three and four of Oslo’s five-step plan to lift measures and reopen the city. 

You can read more about the measures here

We will have an article later today explaining what Oslo’s new rules mean for you later today

Second dose may be delayed until October 

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health has estimated that all adults will now be offered the second dose of a Covid vaccine against Covid-19 by mid-October. 

READ ALSO: What do I need to know about my Covid-19 vaccine appointment in Norway 

The previous forecast from the health institute was that everyone over 18 would have been offered their second jab by September. 

The reason for the delay is that Pfizer will now deliver 900,000 fewer doses in the next three months than Norway had expected. 

Norway and UK finish work on world’s longest undersea power cable 

Norway and the UK have finished laying the worlds longest subsea power cable, which will send wind and hydro energy between the two countries. 

The cable is 720 kilometres long, with all but four of those being underwater, and links Suldal in southwest Norway with Blyth, near Newcastle. 

The cable will send British wind energy to Norway and Norwegian hydropower to the UK. 

The project is estimated to have cost between 1.5 billion and 2 billion Euros. 

The cable takes the crown of the longest underwater tunnel from Nordlink, which connects Norway and Germany. 

222 new Covid-19 cases in Norway 

On Tuesday, 222 new coronavirus infections were registered in Norway. This is a rise of 49 on the seven-day average of 173. 

In Oslo, 38 new Covid-19 cases were recorded, a slight increase of two on the city’s seven-day average. 

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. 

Total number of Covid-19 cases in Norway. Source: NIPH

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TODAY IN NORWAY

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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