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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.

Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Thursday
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Norway to be added to UK green travel list

The UK government said late Wednesday it will ease English entry rules for arrivals from Norway.

Norway was previously classed as amber by the UK government, which meant only fully vaccinated arrivals could avoid mandatory quarantine.

Now that Norway has been promoted to the green list travellers must only take Covid-19 tests before and after entering England, regardless of their vaccination status, and do not have to self-isolate.

They must pre-book Covid tests for day two after arriving and only children aged 4 and under don’t need to take them. Those travellers only need to self-isolate if they test positive after arriving.

The change comes into force on Sunday at 4am and was announced by Britain’s Transport Secretary Grant Shapps on Wednesday night.

Norway could be on the cusp of a fourth wave of Covid-19 infections

Infections in Norway have increased by 45 percent in the last week, with infection spreading primarily amongst young people who haven’t been vaccinated yet.

Espen Nakstad, assistant director of the Norwegian Directorate of Health, believes that Norway is now on the verge of a fourth coronavirus wave.

“We probably see now that we are at the start of a fourth wave of infection,” Espen Nakstad told state broadcaster NRK.

The National Institute of Public Health’s (NIPH) latest weekly report has highlighted West Norway, parts of North Norway and Oslo as the areas with the highest infection rates in Norway at the moment.

READ ALSO: Why rising Covid infections in Norway won’t lead to tougher national restrictions

Despite this, Nakstad still believes Norway is in a good position overall and doesn’t believe that a fourth wave of infection will have the same impact as the previous three.

“Norway is basically in a very good situation because very many people seem to be vaccinated,” he told the broadcaster.

People in Norway less worried about becoming infected with Covid

Norwegians are less worried about contracting coronavirus, the latest Norwegian Corona Monitor from data collection firm Opinion has revealed.

In addition to this, those who responded to the survey believe that the pandemic will become a long-lasting issue and for the past seven weeks respondents to the survey have said they expect infections to rise.

Even though many are expecting infections to rise less than a third of people who answered the survey said they were worried about catching Covid. This is the lowest proportion reported this year.

Furthermore, just under half said they were concerned about a family member becoming infected.

478 new Covid-19 infections registered in Norway

On Wednesday, 478 new cases of infection with Covid-19 were registered in Norway. This is an increase of 139 compared to the seven-day average of 339.

In Oslo, 81 coronavirus infections were recorded, the highest daily number since the beginning of June.

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.