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

Find out what's going on in Norway on Monday with The Local's short roundup of important news. 

Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Monday 
Møre and Romsdal, West Norway. Photo by Maria van Schoor on Unsplash

New quarantine rules 

From Monday, Sweden and Germany will trigger quarantine requirements and entry rules when travelling to Norway. 

This means that entry restrictions will apply to unvaccinated travellers. For starters, travel for those without EU, Norwegian English, Welsh, and Northern Irish Covid passes will be restricted to residents, citizens and the close family and partners of those living in these countries. 

In addition to this, travellers will be required to quarantine for a minimum of seven days if they haven’t received a jab, test before they travel and test after arrival, in addition to registering their visit. 

For fully vaccinated Covid pass holders, no entry rules will apply. You can take a look at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health’s (NIPH) travel map and quarantine rules here

Children to make up bulk of Covid infections in the coming weeks

Children and adolescents will make up the bulk of coronavirus cases in Norway over the next few weeks, Espen Nakstad, assistant director of health at the Norwegian Directorate of Health, has said.

By early September, Nakstad has said that he expects there to be around 1,300 cases of Covid-19 a day in Norway. 

“If infection numbers continue to rise at the same pace as now, we will see 10,000 weekly cases by the end of the month. That would be a new record for the pandemic, even though the number of hospitalisations and deaths will be far lower,” Nakstad told VG

“Most of the infections will be those under 18 once everyone over 18 is fully vaccinated. Some older people who haven’t been vaccinated will probably also be infected,” Nakstad told public broadcaster NRK

Nakstad added that around one in 3,000 children are admitted to hospital with Covid, but that rising infections among young people would mean a rise in hospitalisations in the group. 

Last week, Norway announced it would vaccinate 16-17-year-olds. The government will decide whether those aged between 12-15 would be jabbed in the coming days and weeks. 

READ MORE: Norway to offer 16-and-17-year-olds Covid-19 vaccine

New plane from Afghanistan lands in Norway 

On Monday morning, a plane from Kabul evacuating Norwegian citizens and others out of Afghanistan landed at Oslo Airport, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed. 

The news was broke by broadcaster TV2 before the foreign ministry confirmed the reports to newspaper VG.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs can confirm that a plane has landed from Kabul via Tbilisi at Oslo Airport on Monday morning. Onboard were Norwegian citizens and other people with connections to Norway who have requested assistance to leave Afghanistan. There were also some citizens from other countries,” spokesperson Guri Solberg told VG. 

Countries have been scrambling to evacuate citizens and Afghans that assisted western forces out of Afghanistan after the Taliban seized control of the country. 

489 new Covid-19 cases in Norway 

On Sunday, 489 new coronavirus infections were recorded across Norway, 108 less than the seven-day average of 597, but still 163 cases more than the same day last week. 

In Oslo, 110 new cases of Covid-19 infections were registered, 51 more than the same day last week. 

Infection numbers tend to be lower following weekends when fewer people get tested, and fewer samples are processed. 

Total number of Covid-19 cases 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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