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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 
Find out what's going on today in Norway. Photo by Mikita Karasiou on Unsplash

16-year-old sentenced to five years in prison for terrorist activities 

A 16-year-old boy from Syria has been sentenced to five years in prison for preparing a terrorist attack and being involved in a terrorist group. 

The boy had prepared a nicotine poison device and began preparing for an attack that would take place on May 17th, Norway’s national day. 

The boy has not been named for legal reasons. 

“After the presentation of evidence, the court has no doubt that X, despite his young age, had made a conscious decision to carry out a terrorist act, even though his plans failed to materialize into something more concrete,” District Judge Ingvild Boe Hornbug said in her verdict. 

In addition to preparing a terror attack, the boy was also found to have participated in terrorist organization Isis by sharing propaganda online, being an active member of hate groups and transferring money to a propaganda site. 

Norway to receive more vaccines than expected this summer 

Norway can expect to receive more vaccine doses this summer than initially anticipated. 

The reason for this is a redistribution of vaccines in the EU’s system, according to vaccine coordinator Richard Bergström. 

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

“Much of the reason for this is that several European countries do not need more doses. This is either because of the progress they have made in their vaccination program or because the population is sceptical of the vaccine and does not want to take it,” Bergström told broadcaster TV2

The number of extra doses Norway will receive has not yet been confirmed, but TV2 has reported it will be around 600,000 extra jabs. 

Police warn of scam in East Norway

Eastern Police District have warned the public about the scam in East Norway where scammers call pretending to be the police in Sandefjord. 

The callers ask the person answering the phone to provide sensitive information and bank information. 

“The police do not ask for bank information over the phone. We recommend rejecting these calls,” the police said on Twitter

Police have said that the number scammers are using is incredibly similar to the police station in Sandjeford’s number. 

225 new Covid cases in Norway 

On Tuesday, 225 new Covid-19 infections were registered in Norway. 

This is 44 coronavirus cases more than the seven day average of 181. 

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 number of reported 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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