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TODAY IN NORWAY

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

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

Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Friday 
Rjukendefoss, Hemsedal, Southern Norway. Photo by Yente Friederichs on Unsplash

Government press conference 

The government will hold a press conference at midday following weeks of rising Covid-19 infections. 

It is unclear what will be announced at the conference. Still, reports in the Norwegian media indicate that there could be a change in testing strategy as a number of municipalities are said to be struggling with demand. 

Minister of Health and Care Services Bent Høie, Director of Health Bjørn Guldvog and Assistant Director of the National Institute of Public Health Geir Bukholm will be present at the conference.

Another new infection record 

On Thursday, 1,415 new cases of coronavirus infection were registered across Norway. This is a new record for daily infections and is the second day in a row that record-high infections have been recorded. 

The figure for Norway is 594 cases more than the seven-day average of 821. 

In Oslo, 333 new cases of infection were registered, a decrease of 55 from the previous day. 

According to figures from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH), 65 patients have been hospitalised with Covid-19, and 15 are receiving intensive care. 

READ ALSO: Norway enters fourth Covid-19 wave, warns health chief

Total number of Covid-19 cases in Norway. Source: NIPH

Test capacity chaos in the municipalities 

Several municipalities in Norway have reported that testing and infection tracking services are under incredible pressure following a rise in infections and the beginning of the school year in Norway. 

Bergen, Oslo and Molde are some of the municipalities said to be struggling with capacity. 

Health Minister Bent Høie told morning news program NRK nyhetsmorgen that he had heard from a number of municipalities that have seen a surge in demand for testing following the beginning of the new school year and schools returning to, more or less, pre-pandemic teaching practices

The health minister added that changes to the current testing system in Norway could be on the way. 

Final Norwegian evacuation flight out of Afghanistan

A final flight evacuating people out of Afghanistan to Norway will take off later today, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has told press agency NTB. 

So far, around 1,100 Norwegians and Afghans seeking asylum after the Taliban seized control of the country have been evacuated from Afghanistan. 

In total, there have been 13 flights between Norway and Afghanistan aimed at evacuating citizens and refugees. 

Several countries will be ending their evacuation from Kabul today. Last night at least 85 people, mostly Afghans, died in a suicide bomb attack on the airport in Kabul and a nearby hotel. 

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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.
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