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

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

Skiers in Kåfjord.
Read about the second day of the Breivik parole hearing, the latest Covid rules and a potential change to the self-isolation rules in today's roundup of important news. Pictured is somebody skiing in Kåfjord. Photo by Hendrik Morkel on Unsplash

Norway passes 15,000 daily Covid-19 cases for the first time 

On Tuesday, 15,367 coronavirus infections were registered in Norway, a record amount.

Tuesday’s record figure is also the first time that more than 15,000 infections have been reported over a 24-hour period.

Over the last seven days, an average of 11,180 infections have been registered per day. The same average a week prior was 6,865, indicating that the infection trend is rising rapidly.

There were 238 patients in hospital with Covid-19 on Tuesday. Two fewer than the day before. Of the patients in hospital with Covid, 74 were in intensive care, and 49 were on ventilators.

More than 538,000 people have tested positive for the virus in Norway since the pandemic began.

READ ALSO: When will the current wave of Covid-19 infections in Norway peak?

Quarantine for household contacts of Covid-19 infected could be dropped

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) has said that the quarantine rules which see those sharing a household with or the partners of those who test positive for Covid-19 can be dropped.

Instead, they would see the quarantine rule replaced with daily testing for five days. This in practice would mean that nobody will be required to quarantine after coming into contact with somebody with Covid-19.

“It is logical and sensible because there are people who are healthy and can work even if they have been exposed to Covid-19,” Preben Aavitsland, director of infection control at the NIPH, told newspaper VG.

The government did not adopt the suggested rule change when it eased national Covid-19 rules last week because the municipalities didn’t have enough rapid tests at their disposal.

More deliveries are expected in the coming weeks meaning the relaxation could be made soon.

READ MORE: What are the current rules for Covid-19 self-isolation in Norway?

NIPH to text 4 million people

The NIPH will send out text messages to everyone aged over 16 about the Smittestopp app on Wednesday and Thursday.

The app was developed by health authorities to track infections during the pandemic, and it has thus far been downloaded 1.1 million times.

“We expect a significant increase in infection in the weeks ahead, and the individual will now, to a greater extent, report infection to their close contacts. By reporting infection through the Smittestopp app, you will also be able to notify close contacts you might not be aware of. You will also be notified yourself if you have been near someone who is infected,” Camilla Stoltenberg, director of the NIPH, said on the health institute’s website.

The second day of the Breivik parole hearing

Today is the second day of far-right terrorist Anders Behring Breivik’s parole hearing. 

The request for parole is widely expected to be turned down, and today, forensic psychiatrist Randi Rosenqvist will present a statement on Breivik. 

In 2012, Breivik was handed a 21-year sentence that can be extended indefinitely for the July 22nd attacks in which 77 people, mostly teenagers, were killed by Breivik.

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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