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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 
A famous lake that can be seen on the hike to the top of Trolltunga. Photo by M on Unsplash

Norway to begin accepting Northern Irish vaccine passes 

From Wednesday 3pm, Norway will start accepting the digital Northern Irish Covid pass as proof of vaccination. 

This means fully vaccinated travellers using the Northern Irish vaccine pass won’t be required to test before or after they travel to Norway, register their entry or quarantine. 

Arrivals from Northern Ireland in quarantine hotels will also be released once the new rules come into effect.

The rules also mean those travelling using vaccine passes can travel to Norway for whatever reason they wish. Previously only residents, citizens and the close family and partners of those living in the country could come to Norway. 

This means vaccine passes from England, Wales and Northern Ireland are now accepted from the UK. Vaccine passes from Scotland will be accepted once it has a digital solution in place. 

Norway sends extra personnel to Afghan field hospital 

The Norwegian Armed Forces have sent additional personnel to Kabul to support the field hospital at Kabul airport, where Norway has taken the lead on the operation. 

“The hospital is crucial for the allied withdrawal that is now under way, and in practice, the only medical offer available,” Minister of Defence Frank Bakke-Jensen told press agency NTB. 

The personnel who arrived in Kabul will assist with communications and logistical support so that the hospital staff can focus on its primary task of providing healthcare. 

In total, there are around 40 members of the Norwegian Armed Forces currently stationed in Kabul.

More than a third want it to be easier to be granted asylum

38 percent of people believe that it should be easier for asylum seekers to be granted residence in Norway, up from 32 percent in 2017 and 29 percent in 27, according to figures from the Norwegian Citizens’ Panel. 

“We see increasing support for Norway to take on its rightful responsibility for asylum seekers. But we should not be naive and out of step with the rest of the world. If the number of asylum seekers gets out of control, there will be a reaction in all groups,” Elisabeth Ivarsflaten, professor of political science at the University of Bergen, told newspaper Bergens Tidende

Six out of ten also said that they thought it was positive that immigrants moved to Norway. 

READ ALSO: Prime Minister rejects calls to bring deported Afghans back to Norway

747 new Covid infections in Norway- the highest number since April

On Tuesday, 747 new coronavirus infections were registered across Norway, the highest daily number recorded since April 8th. This is also 221 more cases than the seven-day average. 

In Oslo, 105 cases have been recorded. This is 35 fewer than the day before and three less than the seven-day average. 

Assistant director of health at the Norwegian Directorate of Health, Espen Nakstad, told NTB that the same case numbers six months ago would have been very worrying but are less concerning now due to the high vaccine coverage in Norway. 

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.