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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

Government asks municipalities to prioritise teachers in the Covid vaccine queue 

The government has asked municipalities to try and prioritise staff at schools and kindergartens in their coronavirus vaccine queues so that all staff are fully vaccinated before students return to school in August. 

“We give the municipalities the clear message to ensure that employees in kindergartens and schools are protected before we start up again in August,” Education Minister Guri Melby told state broadcaster NRK

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

The government will leave the final decision whether teachers are moved ahead or not in the queue entirely down to municipalities, a decision that has disappointed the Education Association. 

“It is strange that the government says that it is important that employees in schools and kindergartens are vaccinated. At the same time, they left the decision to prioritise teachers entirely optional. As a result, we have gone from looking ahead with optimism to feeling more insecure,” Steffen Handal, head of the Education Association, told NRK. 

Overwhelming majority in Oslo against scooter ban 

As many as nine out of ten of Oslo’s inhabitants would oppose an electric scooter ban in the capital, newspaper Aftenposten has reported. 

There will be as many as 25,000 electric scooters in Oslo by the end of the summer. 

Oslo City Council is looking at different ways to regulate the scooters and is considering cutting the number of scooters on offer from private providers down significantly. The city council has suggested that it could introduce a maximum limit of 8,000 Scooters in the city. 

Private test providers to be reimbursed 300 kroner per Covid test  

Private test providers who will offer testing to allow people to attend events that require a negative test as part of the government’s Covid certificate scheme will be reimbursed with 300 kroner for every test they carry out, newspaper Klassekampen are reporting. 

The government have set aside 255 million kroner to reimburse private companies for testing. 

READ ALSO: IN DETAIL: Norway unveils more details for how Covid-19 certificate will work 

The government has decided to leave testing for events to private companies to ensure it can test people with symptoms and in cases of infection tracking. 

Test’s cost providers around 60 to 70 kroner for each rapid antigen test, it usually costs around 1,200 kroner to take the test privately. 

Testing for events that require a Covid pass will be free under the government’s Covid certificate scheme. 

221 new Covid cases in Norway 

On Tuesday, 221 new coronavirus cases were registered in Norway. This is 39 cases more than the seven-day average of 182. 

In Oslo, 52 new infections were recorded, 15 more than the seven-day average for the Norwegian capital. 

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

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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