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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 
Lofoten, Northern Norway. Photo by Ivan Bertona on Unsplash

Climate activists arrested after Oslo demonstration

Norwegian police on Monday arrested 29 Extinction Rebellion activists after they blocked a major road junction, Majorstuen, in Oslo and refused to move. 

Some also made their way into the oil ministry building on the first day of a planned week of civil disobedience and disruption. 

A further 19 people were removed from the ministry and subsequently arrested, police said. 

READ ALSO: How will climate change impact Norway?

Minister of Oil and Petroleum Tina Bru met the protesters in the reception of the ministry building. 

“It is a pity that the protesters resort to civil disobedience and that this group argues that democracy is the problem and will move power from elected bodies to what they believe is right,” Bru told public broadcaster NRK

New flight from Kabul lands in Norway

A new flight evacuating people out of Afghanistan landed in Norway on Tuesday morning. 

Foreign citizens and Afghans who worked with western forces have been scrambling to leave the country following the Taliban seizing control. 

The plane that landed this morning was carrying 157 people on board. So far, a total of 374 people have been evacuated from Afghanistan to Norway. 

Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide told public broadcaster NRK that Norway would continue evacuations as long as the airport remains open. 

Trains from Oslo come to a grinding halt

All train traffic out of Oslo Central station has been stopped, Bane Nor, the state-owned company responsible for Norway’s rail infrastructure, said Tuesday morning.

The cause of the stoppage is a ground fault, and the railway company said it did not know when the problem would be fixed. 

Major road closed following fatal accident

National road seven is closed following a fatal accident near Flå, South-East Norway, that happened in the early hours of Tuesday. 

The South-East police district confirmed the closure was due to a fatal collision between a truck and a car. 

The police have not released information on how many people have been involved in the accident. 

The road is expected to be closed until investigators are finished examining the scene. 

906 new Covid-19 cases recorded

On Monday, 906 new cases of Covid-19 infection were recorded in Norway. This is a rise of 286 compared to the seven day average of 620. This is the highest daily number of infections since early April. 

In Oslo, 267 new coronavirus cases were registered, 157 more than the day before.

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.