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Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Monday 
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Norway votes against boycotting next World Cup 

Norway’s football community, on Sunday, voted against boycotting the 2022 World Cup, which will be played in Qatar. 

The Norwegian Football Federation (NFF) had been under pressure to skip the next World Cup from grassroots organisations due to alleged human rights abuses of migrant workers in the Gulf. 

At an extraordinary congress called by the NFF, 386 delegates voted to reject the boycott, while 121 favoured the boycott. 

In the lead up to the vote, Ole Kristian Sandvik, spokesman of the Norwegian Supporters Alliance, said the matches at the World Cup would be ‘unfortunately be like playing on a cemetery’. 

Norway is currently fourth in its qualifying group for next year and faces an uphill task to qualify. 

The Nordic country last made an appearance at a international tournament 21 years ago, when it qualified for the European Championships in 2000. 

NIPH begins plans to offer a third Covid vaccine jab

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) plans to provide a third coronavirus vaccine shot to risk groups. 

The health institute has said it currently couldn’t provide a timeline for when third doses will be offered and who to. 

However, it did say that people who have received organ transplants can expect to be offered a third dose in the autumn and that those in risk groups will be given another jab in the winter. 

“For healthy people who are vaccinated this summer, it will probably be a long time until there is a need for a booster shot if it is even needed at all,” Sara Viksmoen Wattle, a senior doctor at the NIPH, told newspaper VG.

Rescue services use margarine to stop ship from sinking 

The Norwegian Sea Rescue Society used margarine to plug holes and stop a boat from taking on water after it had run aground in Viken, south Norway.

“It was a sailboat that had run aground at Nesoddtangen, and when the keel is hit hard in this way, there are often cracks and leaks on the vessel,” Director of Communications and Sustainability, Hasse Lindmo, from the Norwegian Sea Rescue Society, told paper Dagbladet.

“In this case, our crews came with two kilos of margarine, which was perhaps to the owner of the boat’s surprise. This is a fairly well-known technique for sealing small leaks. The margarine was smeared on the cracks and worked effectively as a temporary measure so that we could bring the boat’s owner ashore safely,” he added. 

108 new Covid-19 cases in Norway 

On Sunday, 108 new coronavirus infections were recorded in Norway, a fall of 69 on the seven-day average of 177.

In Oslo, 26 new cases were registered, six less than the average of 32. 

Fewer cases tend to be recorded on weekends. 

The R-number or reproduction rate in Norway is currently 0.6. This means that every ten people that are infected will, on average, only infect another six 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: A roundup of the latest news on Tuesday 

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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.