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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.

Read about Norway passing a major Covid milestone and grid companies owing customers money for more than ten years in todays roundup of important news. Pictured is Trondheim in the winter. Photo by Malcolm Ketteridge on Unsplash

Norway passes 500,000 Covid-19 cases 

This weekend a significant infection milestone was passed. In Norway, more than half a million coronavirus cases have been registered since the first Covid infection was reported on February 26th 2020.

The milestone came after a surge in infections over the last couple of weeks. Three new daily infection records were set last week, and Norway also passed the milestone of recording more than 10,000 cases in a single day.

In total, 1,381 people have died with Covid-19 since March 2020.

NIPH expects infection wave to peak at the turn of the month

Norway can expect to see the current wave of infection peak before trending downwards at the turn of the month. A decline in hospital admissions is then set to follow soon after.

“In South Africa, they had a very rapid increase in infection, and then they got a fairly rapid decline as well after they had been through the peak of infection,” Line Vold, director of the infection control department at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, told newspaper VG on Monday.

Grid companies have owed some customers money for more than a decade

Several Norwegian grid companies have owed their electricity customers money for ten years or more, according to figures from the Energy Regulatory Authority.

There are 15 companies that have had a surplus income for a decade or more, public broadcaster NRK has reported.

Gird companies in Norway are subject to revenue limits. This is due to the companies having a monopoly on their part of the gird.

The 15 companies owe their customers a total of around 1.7 billion kroner. The companies do not owe money to individuals but rather their customers as a whole.

“It is unfortunate that some of the network companies have had persistent surplus income over such a long period,” Roar Amundsveen from the Energy Regulatory Authority told NRK.

READ ALSO: How to save on your Norwegian electricity bill

7,604 new Covid-19 cases

On Sunday, 7,604 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded. Sunday’s figure was 1,625 cases less than the average for the previous seven days, which was 9,229.

This is 3,420 cases more than the same day last week, and 231 people in hospitals had Covid. 76 of those were on respirators.

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

A shortage of GP’s, Oslo making it more expensive to own an electric car and Norway asking the EU to be exempt from a new rule are among the main stories on Friday.

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

Report: 150,000 without a GP

Last year, the number of people without a GP in Norway grew once again, according to the Norwegian Directorate of Health’s annual report on the fastlege system.

“The low recruitment growth and the increasing reduction in total capacity in the GP scheme underline the seriousness of the situation. We share the concern of GPs that the scheme is under great pressure,” Bjørn Guldvog, health director at the Norwegian Directorate of Health said.

The health directorate’s report found 150,000 were without a GP last year. 

Only 3 out of 100 medical students and newly qualified doctors in Norway have said that they think they will work as a GP, broadcaster TV2 reports.

READ MORE: How to register with a doctor in Norway

Hiker in Troms flow to hospital after fall

A hiker in her 20s was flown to hospital after a fall from the mountain Mjeldskartinden in the Troms region of northern Norway.

“It is a matter of a tour group of two people, where one person has fallen from the mountain as the snow shovel at the top breaks. The other person, who called the police, estimates that the injured person has fallen a couple of hundred meters,” Eirik Kileng from the local police district told newspaper VG.

The woman was flown to the University of Northern Norway Hospital by an air ambulance. Despite the reported fall of a few hundred metres, the patient is said to be in a stable condition with moderate injuries.

Norway to ask EU for exemption from egg rule

The Norwegian Ministry of Health will ask to be exempt from a new EU directive that will reduce the shelf life of eggs from 35 to 28 days, according to agricultural outlet Bondebladet.

The reason for the new rule is that parts of Europe are struggling with a salmonella infection.

Several figures from the agriculture sector have said that the new rule would led to increased transport costs and threaten the viability of egg production in remote parts of the country.

Oslo Municipality raises prices for charging electric cars

In its revised budget for the year, Oslo Municipality said it would raise the price for using municipal car chargers.

Currently it costs between 12 to 17 kroner per hour to park and charge a electric car between 9am and 8pm, and 7 kroner outside these times.

Parking will be raised to between 18 and 23 kroner between the day and 13 kroner at night.

READ ALSO: Norway to remove VAT exemption for electric cars