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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. 

Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Tuesday 
Stavanger from above. Photo by Alexey Topolyanskiy on Unsplash

Norway hits major vaccine milestone 

Two-thirds of Norway’s population- 3,602,592 people – have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, according to the latest statistics from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health have revealed. This equates to roughly 83 percent of all people over the age of 18 being vaccinated.

In addition, one third have now been fully vaccinated since the first Covid jab was administered in Norway on December 27th of last year. 

Last week it was announced that many would begin to get their vaccines earlier due to the vaccine program being ahead of schedule in many places. As a result, the vaccine interval has been cut from 12 to 10 weeks. 

Norwegian athlete breaks world record and takes home gold in 400-metre hurdles

Norway’s Karsten Warolm smashed his own world record to win the Olympic men’s 400 metres hurdle gold on Tuesday. 

The Norwegian proved to be the best of a very competitive bunch in one of the standout events of the ten-day track and field programme at the Olympics. 

Warholm clocked a remarkable 45.94 seconds, beating his previous world best of 46.70sec. 

To put that performance into perspective, only four runners in history have even clocked sub-47sec times, let alone sub-46.

American arch-rival Rai Benjamin won silver in 46.17sec, with Brazil’s Alison Dos Santos claiming bronze in 46.72, both regional records that also smashed their previous personal bests.

52 Covid-19 infections traced back to air travel

Last week 52 Covid infections were linked directly to air travel. 

The vast majority, 37, of infections were traced back to international flights, and 15 were detected on domestic flights within Norway. 

Amsterdam was the destination where the most infections were traced to. Covid-19 cases have been linked to four passengers who flew between Amsterdam and Oslo, two between Amsterdam and Stavanger and one between Amsterdam and Kristiansand. 

READ ALSO: What are the new rules for Covid pass holders travelling between Norway and the UK

Planes from Copenhagen and Mallorca contributed to four instances of imported infection last week. 

Covid-19 cases were also linked to arrivals from Split (2), Barcelona (1), Stockholm (2), Palanga (1), Nice (2), Athens (1), Malaga ( 3), Addis Ababa via Stockholm (1), Istanbul (2), Helsinki (1), Warsaw (1), Alicante (1), Frankfurt (2), Krakow (1), Munich (1), Kaunas (2), Reykjavik (1), and Doha (1). 

311 new coronavirus cases in Norway

On Monday, 311 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in Norway. This is one case less than the seven-day average of 312. 

In Oslo, a large spike in infection has been registered. 72 coronavirus infections were registered in the capital, 32 more than the average for the previous seven days. 

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.
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