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Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Friday 

Find out what’s going on in Norway on Friday with the Local’s short roundup of important news. 

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

Extensive drugs network between Oslo Trømso uncovered 

Nine people have been arrested, so far, in a large police operation to shut down a drugs network operating between Oslo and Trømso. 

The group are accused of having moved heroin and amphetamines between Oslo and Troms, northern Norway, since 2018. 

The police crackdown on the network has been ongoing since August 2020. 1.2 kilos of heroin and 2.5 kilos of amphetamine have been seized in the operation so far. 

Major search operation for missing woman 

A major search operation has been launched for a woman in her 70’s who is missing in Vingelen in Hedmark, central Norway. 

The woman has not been seen or heard from since she sent a message saying she was going for a walk Wednesday morning. She was reported missing on Thursday night. 

“We found her car. It was in a somewhat hilly area, and there are few cabins nearby,” Per Solberg, operations manager for police leading the search, told VG

Police, volunteers and rescue dogs are being used to try and find the woman; as of Friday morning, she had yet to be found.

Covid vaccine delays for people in small municipalities 

Residents in smaller municipalities may have to wait until September for their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, according to the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH). 

Previously the NIPH said that everybody would be offered their first jab by the 15th of August. 

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

Part of the reason for this is that more people are accepting vaccines than planned.  

Labour Party ahead in the polls 

Norway’s Labour Party are expected to receive almost double the votes of the Centre Party, according to a poll by newspaper DN

According to the poll, the Labour Party is expected to get 27 percent of the votes when voters head to the ballot box in September, while PM Erna Solberg’s Centre party is expected to receive just 15 percent of votes. 

“It shows that the Labour Party continues to regain trust and win new trust. We intend to continue with this. This is a good message in the lead up to the election. We can lift ourselves even higher,” Labour leader Jonas Gahr Støre said to DN. 

235 new Covid cases in Norway 

On Thursday, 235 new coronavirus cases were registered in Norway, 41 more than the seven-day average of 194. 

In Oslo, 21 new cases of infection were reported on Thursday. 

The R-number or reproduction rate in Norway is currently 0.7. This means that every ten people that are infected will, on average, only infect another seven people, indicating that the infection level is declining.

Total 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.