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

Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Monday
The sun rising over a camping trip in Hennigsvær. Photo by Daan Weijers on Unsplash
Find out what’s going on in Norway on Monday with The Local’s short roundup of important news. 

Hunt for meteorite seen over Eastern Norway 

Experts are on the hunt for a meteorite seen over Eastern Norway on Saturday morning, which is believed to have landed in nature reserve Finnemarka, Viken, South-East Norway. 

In the early hours of Sunday morning, a meteorite whizzed over Norway, with many residents of Oslo and the surrounding areas reporting bright flashes of light in the night sky and loud bangs like thunder. 

The Norwegian Meteor Network said the fireball was travelling at about 16.3km/s per second (nearly 58,000 km/h), and the meteor could be seen over large parts of southern Scandinavia.

Morten Bilet, from the Norwegian Meteor network, told newspaper VG that they are working on calculations and video footage to try and identify the part of Finnemarka where the meteorite could have landed. 

He also added that the group would work on finding the meteorite, believed to weigh about ten kilograms, until the autumn. 

Norway celebrates first ever triathlon gold at Olympics 

Kristian Blummenfelt has swept home to gold, Norway’s first in this summer’s Olympics and Norway’s first-ever gold in the triathlon, in the early hours of Monday morning. 

He won the race after it had to be restarted due to a boat at the starting line blocking some competitors from jumping in the water. 

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The 27-year-old from Bergen crossed the line in a time of 1 hour and 45 minutes. 

Municipalities in Northern Norway tighten Covid measures 

Five municipalities in Nordland and Troms and Finnmark are introducing a number of new coronavirus measures to cut down on the number of infections in the area. 

The municipalities of Lødingen, Evenes, Theldsund, Kvæfjord and Harstad have all joined forces to introduce regional measures that come into effect from Monday. 

The new rules are being introduced following a rise of infections in the area, including outbreaks of the more contagious Delta Covid variant, first identified in India. 

The measures include an alcohol stop at midnight, reducing the number of guests allowed at home, new infection control measures at home and new recommendations for facemasks. You can take a look at the new measures here

136 new Covid-19 cases 

On Sunday, 136 new cases of coronavirus were recorded across Norway. This is 65 fewer cases than the average for the previous seven days.

In Oslo, 20 new Covid-19 infections were registered. Over the past two weeks, Oslo has averaged 23 cases per day. 

Cases tend to be lower on weekends when fewer people get tested, and fewer samples are processed. 

Total number of reported Covid-19 cases. Source: NIPH

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