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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.

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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