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

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Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Tuesday 
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Several cities start mass testing in schools

Oslo and several other towns and cities struggling with rising infections will begin mass testing in schools to try and ease some of the demand on their infection tracking services. 

Infection control chief at Oslo Municipality, Frode Hagen, said that mass testing in schools in Oslo would help ease the pressure on infection tracking services. 

“This will give us much better control over the infection in this age group. At the same time, we will be able to break infection chains,” Hagen told VG.

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

Oslo University Hospital preparing for children with Covid to be admitted 

The pediatric ward at Oslo University Hospital has said it is preparing for children to be admitted with Covid-19 following weeks of rising infections amongst children. 

“We are preparing for more children to be admitted. At the same time, generally, we have experienced that the few children that are admitted rarely become seriously ill. This applies to children with other underlying diseases. We hope this will continue, but we have seen from other countries, especially the USA, that some children can also become seriously ill,” clinic manager Terje Rootwelt told newspaper VG.

Rootwelt also wanted to reassure people that hospitals were prepared to deal with more patients following a rise in Covid infections. 

“We are prepared for increased infection and will be able to handle it,” the clinic manager said. 

Five municipalities yet to register a single Covid infection

Almost 160,000 Norwegians have been diagnosed with Covid-19 since the pandemic began, but there are still five municipalities yet to record a single infection newspaper Nationen have reported.

Utsira in Rogaland, Vevelstad in Nordland, and Røyrvik, Leka and Rindal in Trøndelag are the parts of Norway yet to register a single Covid infection. 

One of the reasons for this is the exceptionally low populations in these areas. Four of the municipalities, with the exception of Rindal, are among the top ten municipalities in Norway with the lowest populations. 

Utsira municipality has only 198 inhabitants, for example. 

1349 new Covid cases in Norway

On Monday, 1,349 new cases of Covid-19 infection were registered across Norway. This is an increase of 175 on the seven-day average of 1,174. 

In Oslo, 372 coronavirus infections have been recorded. This is an increase of 46 on the average for the previous week. 

Total number of Covid-19 cases in Norway. Source: Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

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

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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.