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

Norwegian skier Ragnhild Mowinckel competing in the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Italy earlier this year.
Norwegian skier Ragnhild Mowinckel competing in the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Italy earlier this year. Photo: François-Xavier MARIT / AFP

Police say 24 people were targeted in bow and arrow attack

Police said yesterday that 24 people were now being treated as victims of a bow and arrow attack in Kongsberg earlier this month in which five people were killed.

“So far we have 24 victims in the case,” police inspector Per Thomas Omholt told a press conference, giving a total figure for the first time. 

He said the number included the five killed, three who were injured and 16 others who had been “subjected to different events”.

We’ll have more detail in a report on our website this morning.

No national coronavirus restrictions in the immediate future

Health minister Ingvild Kjerkol said on NRK television this morning that national restrictions against Covid-19 are not being considered at the current time.

“We have local measures in some municipalities today, we think that is right given the information and overview we have today. I am not going to launch new national measures at the press briefing (scheduled for Thursday afternoon),” Kjerkol said.

In a statement released on the health ministry’s website on Wednesday, the minister earlier that such a move “could be relevant” if infections spread.

READ ALSO: Norwegian health minister says return to national restrictions ‘could be relevant’

Baby boom nine months after Norway’s lockdown

Over 2,000 more babies were born in Norway between January and September this year compared to 2020, an increase of 4.9 percent, health authority NIPH writes in an article based on the birth registry.

The statistic is a remarkable one given Norway’s low birth rate and given its timing around nine months after the beginning of the Covid-19 lockdown.

“This is interesting, not least in light of the decline in the total number of births annually from 63,000 to 53,000 births over the course of 12 years. It’s surprising that the trend turns around nine months after the lockdown of Norway in Spring 2020,” NIPH senior medical consultant for medical birth registrations Ferenc Macsali said.

New Covid-19 infections over 1,100 for second consecutive day

A total of 1,180 new infections with Covid-19 were registered during Wednesday, the second day in a row the number has reached four figures. Yesterday it was 1,144. Norway’s seven-day average is currently 721, evidencing the beginning of an upward trend.

260 of the new infections were recorded in Oslo. 101 people are currently admitted to hospitals nationally with the coronavirus.

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

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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.