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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.

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

July 22nd memorial won’t be finished in time for 10th anniversary 

A memorial to the victims of the July 22nd terror attacks, in which 77 people were killed, will not be completed in time for the tenth anniversary of the attacks. 

The Utøyakaia site on Utøya island, where far-right extremist Anders Behring Breivik killed 69 people, will not be officially opened this summer. 

“It is true that the memorial site will not be finished for the tenth anniversary, and we are all sorry for that because it is something we have worked towards for several years,” Hege Njaa Aschim, communications director for the governments building commissioner, Statsbygg told newspaper Aftenposten

The memorial site will consist of a staircase and 77 bronze three-meter-high columns, one for every person who died in the attack. 

Two women to appear in court after refusing to pay Covid fines

Two women who have refused to pay fines handed out for breaking coronavirus restrictions are set to appear in court in Bergen today. 

The women were given fines totalling 15,000 kroner but so far have refused to pay them. 

Police slapped the two women with the fines at a party in November last year; over 70,000 kroner of penalties were given out to the 15 people at the event. 

West Norway police district has issued a total of 30 fines during the pandemic for breaking Covid protocols. 

READ MORE: What happens if you get caught breaking the Covid-19 rules in Norway 

The women have refused to pay the fines out of principle, according to the pair’s lawyer. 

Over 1,100 partner applications already 

The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) had received 1,150 applications for partners to visit Norway by Monday evening. 

READ ALSO: IN DETAIL: What you need to know about Norway’s new Covid-19 rules for travel

The UDI opened the application portal on Saturday, June 19th, and began processing the applications on Monday. 

Steiner Munch Rotevatnm, regional manager of the accommodation department, told state broadcaster NRK that they processed 100 applications. 

 212 new covid cases in Norway 

On Monday, 212 new coronavirus cases were recorded in Norway, 33 more than the seven-day average of 179. 

There tends to be an uptick in cases at the beginning of the week as fewer infections are registered at weekends. 

In Oslo, 52 new Covid infections were registered, double the amount compared to the day before and 18 more than the seven-day average.

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.

Number of 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.