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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 
The river Glomma in Fredrikstad. Photo by Arvid Høidahl on Unsplash

13 people injured a day in e-scooter accidents in Oslo

In July, 13 people a day required medical attention following scooter accidents in the Norwegian capital Oslo. 

In total, more than 400 people were treated by Oslo Emergency Medical Service last month. This is just under double the number of injuries when compared to the same time last year.

Chief Physician Henrik Siverts from the emergency department at Oslo University Hospital told press agency NTB the proportion of those coming into accident and emergency because of a scooter accident has risen compared to other injuries.

Last week a 68-year-old man became the first person to die in Oslo in an accident involving a scooter accident

Oslo Municipality will introduce a crackdown on e-scooters this month, including a cap on the number of e-scooters available to rent and a curfew.

SP deputy leader wants to cut urban development to increase funding for country roads

Ola Borten Moe, deputy leader of SP, has proposed a cut to infrastructure and environmental projects in cities to upgrade battered country roads instead. 

Borten Moe says the backlog of repairs to country roads amounts to about 70 billion kroner, compared to the government’s urban development projects, which will cost around 150 billion kroner over the next ten years.

He also said that the value the government gets for large projects is very poor when compared to other countries such as neighbours Finland. 

“I think it is a combination of the fact that we have we have a state that is very rich from oil and the oil fund. And maybe a little leisurely laziness from the responsible authorities,” he said. 

The deputy leader for SP said that more debate and scrutiny on how public resources are used is needed. 

Proportion of people who want to use public transport drops

According to the Norwegian Automobile Association (NAF), the proportion of people who want to use public transport more often has fallen from 60 percent to 47 percent. 

The figure comes from the group’s annual Road Traffic Barometer for 2021. 

The survey is based on the travel habits of more than 4,000 respondents. 

Almost one-fifth of those who responded said that they expect to work from home in the future. As a result, the motoring organisation has called for more flexible public transport options. 

“The public transport service must keep pace with a more flexible working life. So new ticket types that offer the choice between monthly cards or expensive single tickets should be put in place quickly,” Ingunn Handagard, senior comms consultant for the group, said in the report. 

475 new Covid-19 infections in Norway

On Tuesday, 475 new coronavirus cases were registered in Norway, 165 more than the seven day average of 310. 

This is the highest number of daily cases since May 26th. 

In Oslo, 66 new Covid-19 infections were recorded. 

Total number of Covid-19 cases registered 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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