Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Thursday
Find out what’s going on in Norway on Thursday with The Local’s short roundup of important news.
Almost one-third of Covid-19 cases in Norway are the Delta variant
Just under a third of all coronavirus infections sequenced in Norway are the Delta Variant, first identified in India, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH).
Last week 31 percent of all samples taken were of the Delta Variant, the NIPH said in its latest weekly report.
The total number of cases of the variant is now just shy of 800 compared to just 50 two months ago.
Minister of Health Bent Høie said that the variant would probably become the dominant form of coronavirus during July.
Woman in critical condition after scooter accident
A woman in her 20’s has been rushed to Ullevål Hospital after suffering major head injuries in an accident on an electric scooter in Fredrikstad, South-East Norway, in the early hours of Thursday morning.
The incident took place at around 1:30 am, and the injuries she suffered have been described as critical.
According to police, witnesses didn’t see exactly what happened.
Oslo recently announced it would introduce a mandatory curfew for the devices following a surge in accidents.
Partners from the US travelling to Norway given July 19th deadline
Partners who have had their application to travel to Norway from the US accepted have been handed a July 19th deadline to come to Norway, the government said.
On Monday, Norway took the US off its purple travel list, meaning close family and partners of Norwegian residents and citizens could no longer visit.
Partners who have had their applications accepted but had not yet travelled to Norway will now only be able to enter the country until the deadline.
Those who travel after the deadline will not be permitted to enter.
Oslo to scale down test capacity
Oslo will begin to wind down its test capacity in the autumn, according to the city’s health councillor Robert Steen.
The city will reduce the number of staff at its test stations, and capacity will be reduced to four percent.
This means that there will only be the capacity to test and process samples from the equivalent of four percent of Oslo’s population per week from October.
171 new Covid-19 cases in Norway
On Wednesday, 171 coronavirus infections were registered across Norway, two less than the average for the previous seven days.
In Oslo, 26 Covid-19 cases have been recorded, and this is two more than the seven day average for the Norwegian capital.