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

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

Lofoten, northern Norway.
Read about changes to the Covid rules for events, the latest infection numbers and new testing rules for travellers to Sweden in today's roundup. Pictured is Lofoten, northern Norway. Photo by Johny Goerend on Unsplash

New daily Covid case record set

On Thursday, 16,877 new Covid-19 infections were registered in Norway. That is 5,280 more than the same day a week before.

It is also the highest number of registered infections recorded in Norway in a single day. The previous record for daily cases was set yesterday when Wednesday’s figure was reported.

Over the last seven days, an average of 12,529 new Covid-19 infections have been registered. The same average a week ago was 7,888, indicating a rising trend.  

As of Thursday, 249 patients were in the hospital with Covid-19, nine more than the day before.

More people allowed to attend shows and concerts 

From noon today, the rules on how many people can gather at an event will rise from 200 with designated seating up to 1,500 people indoors and 3,000 outdoors.

People will need to split into cohorts of 200 when more than 200 guests are in attendance.

Venues will need to ensure that those who aren’t part of the same household are socially distanced, or there is at least a seat between them and other guests.

For events with more than 200 people in attendance, organisers will be required to write a written plan on how they aim to ensure a safe infection-controlled environment.

The news has received a mixed reception from the culture sector. While the industry has welcomed the news as a step in the right direction, many have bemoaned that the cohort system will leave many unable to operate anywhere near the 1,500 capacity.

Sweden test rules change for arrivals from Norway 

On Friday, Sweden will scrap the test requirement for foreign visitors from some countries, Norway included, and bring back the Covid certificate rules that previously applied.

This means that adult foreign citizens (again with certain exceptions) travelling to Sweden from EU/EEA countries, including the Nordics, will have to show either the EU’s Digital Covid Certificate or a valid equivalent which shows that the person is either fully vaccinated with a first and second dose, tested negative no more than 72 hours before arrival, or recovered from confirmed infection in the past six months.

READ MORE: Sweden scraps negative Covid test for travellers from Norway

Foreign citizens travelling to Sweden from outside the EU/EEA must be covered by an exemption from the overall entry ban (for example, if they live in an “exempt” country) and show a negative Covid test no older than 72 hours unless they are also exempt from the test requirement.

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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