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

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Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Monday
Hallingskavert National Park during the morning. Photo by Uta Scholl on Unsplash

Police dog in Norway attacks boy instead of a suspect

A police dog that was sent after a suspect instead attacked a 12-year-old boy who escaped with minor injuries in Oslo on Sunday afternoon. 

The suspect, on a bike, was trying to evade police in a cemetery when its handlers unleashed the dog. 

Instead of going for the suspect, however, it pounced on 12-year-old Liam Nordal, who told newspaper VG that he bears no ill will against the police or dog following the incident. 

“I would’ve rather have been bitten by a dog than met the suspect,” He told VG.

Linda Odden, operations manager for Oslo police, told VG that the police have apologised to the boy and his family and said that he could meet the police dog in question if he wished. 

12 people died in traffic accidents in July 

In July, 12 people lost their lives in traffic accidents, the highest monthly total of the year so far. 

According to the Norwegian Council for Road Safety, the death toll is an increase of three compared to the same month last year. 

“We know from experience that summer is, unfortunately, the period when most people lose their lives in traffic,” Harald Heieraas from the Norwegian Council for Road Safety said in a statement to VG.  

According to the road safety association, nine fatalities were men, and three were women. Four were in a car, three were cyclists, two were on a motorbike, one was on a moped, and another was in a tractor when the accidents happened. 

Norway reaches Covid-19 vaccine milestone

Norway has reached the vaccine milestone of administering the equivalent of one jab per inhabitant.

The country has now administered more than 5.4 million vaccine doses, compared to its population of 5.3 million people. 

More than 66 percent of the population have received their first jab, and one-third of the Nordic country’s inhabitants are fully inoculated against Covid-19 since Norway administered its first dose on December 27th of last year. 

Small changes to Covid measures 

The rules for organisations and companies holding social gatherings will be relaxed today.

Get-togethers organised by companies for employees will now be classed as public events rather than private events.

EXPLAINED: What changes about life in Norway in August 2021

You can read more about the rules for public events here.

Children under 18 whose parents are exempt from entry quarantine and aren’t vaccine pass holders will now be exempt from the same entry restrictions. Children whose parents are vaccine pass holders were already exempt.

240 new coronavirus infections in Norway 

On Sunday, 240 Covid-19 cases were registered in Norway. This is a drop of 58 compared to the seven-day average. 

In Oslo, 34 new coronavirus infections were recorded, ten less than the day before. 

READ ALSO: Why experts in Norway aren’t worried about the Delta Covid variant being dominant

Cases tend to be lower on weekends as fewer people get tested and less samples get processed. 

Total number of 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.