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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.

Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Wednesday 
Trollstigen, one of Norway's most breathtaking roads. Photo by Mitchel Willem Jacob Anneveldt on Unsplash

Government press conference on Covid-19  

The Norwegian government will hold a press conference on Covid-19 at 12:15 pm today. 

It is unclear whether the government will be announcing whether the final step of its reopening plan will go ahead or if it it will be delayed further. 

The government previously postponed the final stage of its exit plan from Covid measures earlier this month due to concerns over the Delta variant. 

Prime Minister Erna Solberg said at the time that the lifting of measures would be pushed back until late July or early August. 

Minister Of Health Care Services Bent Høie, Director of Health at the Norwegian Directorate of Health Bjørn Guldvog and Assistant Director of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) Gun Peggy Strømstad will all be at the event. 

We will have all the details covered for you in an article later today

Equinor rakes in 41 billion kroner in profit for the second quarter 

Higher oil and gas prices contributed to a 41 billion kroner pretax profit for state-owned energy giant Equinor in the second quarter. 

Equinor’s profits were more than ten times higher than the same quarter last year, but ten billion kroner lower than the first quarter of this year. 

EXPLAINED: Why is Norway such a wealthy nation?

Despite the high profits in the second quarter, Equinor had underperformed compared to what analysts had expected. 

Authorities unearth massive weapons haul helping pensioner rehome cats

Norwegian authorities got a lot more than they bargained for when they unearthed a weapons haul containing dozens of weapons, a bazooka and ten kilos of dynamite when helping a man in his 70’s rehome more than 30 cats. 

The man from Stavanger had asked for help rehoming his cats when authorities found several boxes of weapons and dynamite. 

Three days after the find in 2019, the 73-year-old was taken into police custody. 

The majority of weapons had been deactivated, but others were still functional. The lawyer for the man said that the weapons and explosives were obtained legally. 

At the time of the discovery, the man was spared prison, but now the prosecution services have issued an indictment against the man and believe they can prove the man stored around

  • 10 kilos of dynamite
  • 20 kilos of gunpowder
  • A pyrotechnic bomb
  • Five fully automatic submachine guns
  • Ten semi-automatic pistols
  • 15 rifles
  • Five semi-automatic rifles
  • 13 shotguns

273 new Covid-19 infections in Norway 

On Tuesday, 273 new coronavirus cases were registered in Norway. This is a rise of 49 compared to the average for the previous seven days of 224.

In Oslo, 39 new Covid-19 infections were recorded. This is compared to the two week average for the capital of 24. 

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

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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. 

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.