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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
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Norway unlikely to tighten national Covid rules

Despite rising Covid numbers and record levels of infection, it is unlikely that Norway will introduce any strict national measures, Espen Nakstad, assistant director at the Norwegian Directorate of Health, has said. 

Last week, infection records in Norway were set three days in a row. Despite this, measures will not be tightened due to the high number of people who have been fully vaccinated in Norway and fewer people becoming seriously ill. 

“The reason why the pandemic is handled differently now than at the corresponding level of infection last year is that more than half the population is currently fully vaccinated and the proportion with serious illness is much lower than at the corresponding level of infection last year” Espen Nakstad told newspaper VG.

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

Home office in Norway is here to stay

The home office is likely to remain a feature of working life in Norway, according to data collected by the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) and revealed to newspaper VG

Just under 60 percent of companies surveyed by the organisation said that they implemented a home office during the pandemic and 45 percent of employers said that they expect they will offer a home office a couple of days a week once the pandemic ends. 

One in ten said they would use a home office for more than a couple of days a week. 

“We can summarise that the home office has come to stay, but that the main picture is that people return to their workplace after the pandemic is over,” Ole Erik Almlid, head of the NHO, told VG.

If you want to keep up to date on working life in Norway then check out our roundup

All Norwegian personnel out of Kabul

All Norwegian personnel have left Kabul and Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed. 

A final plane evacuating personnel from the field hospital Norway was operating in Kabul took off at 04:43am Norwegian time.

“We have now ended the Norwegian military contribution in Afghanistan. After twenty years of effort, the last soldiers are now returning home. I have great respect for the efforts that have been made throughout the years,” Minister of Defence Frank Bakke-Jensen said in a statement on the government’s website.

907 new Covid infections in Norway

On Sunday, 907 Covid-19 cases were registered across Norway. This is 204 infections less than the average of the previous seven days but 418 more than the same day last week. 

In Oslo, 282 new coronavirus infections were recorded, 34 fewer than the day before. 

Covid numbers tend to be lower on 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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