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

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

Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Tuesday 
Oslo Operahus. Photo by Arvid Malde on Unsplash

Cyclist taken to hospital on last leg of world record attempt 

A cyclist has been taken to hospital after falling off his bike, attempting to break the world record for the quickest time to cycle from Lindesnes in southern Norway to the North Cape in the north. 

Øystein Dahl was less than 20 kilometres from the finish line when he fell from his bike and had to be taken to hospital by air ambulance. 

Dahl fell off his bike after hitting a pothole in a poorly lit tunnel. 

He was expected to smash the previous record, which he previously set, by four days. The world record attempt was being made to raise money for charity. Dahl had set the goal of raising 2.4 million kroner for the Childhood Cancer Association. 

Two questioned by police after stabbing in Bergen

Police have questioned two people after a man was stabbed in Bergen, West Norway, yesterday. 

The victim is receiving treatment at Haukeland Hospital. The extent of their injuries is currently unknown. 

All of those involved in the incident were men over 50. 

Foreign Minister says Norway is not obliged to take back IS fighters 

Norway’s foreign minister, Ine Eriksen Søreide, has said that Norway is not obliged to bring home Norwegian IS fighters and their children following a call from the US for its allies to repatriate IS fighters. 

In January last year, the government decided to bring an IS-affiliated woman back from Syria and later sentenced her to three and a half years in prison for her participation in the group. 

The participation of the woman led to FRP leaving the government. The women and her children were brought home due to her son suffering from a serious illness. 

READ MORE: Woman on trial in Norway provides glimpse of life under Isis  

193 new Covid cases 

On Monday, 193 new coronavirus cases were recorded in Norway. This is nine cases more than the seven-day average of 184. 

In Oslo, 23 new Covid-29 infections were registered. This is six less than the seven-day average for the Norwegian capital. 

The R-number or reproduction rate in Norway is currently 0.7. This means that every ten people that are infected will, on average, only infect another seven people, indicating that the infection level is declining.

Total number of reported Covid-19 cases in Norway. Source: NIPH

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TODAY IN NORWAY

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

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

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.
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