Latest Corona-related news in brief:

AN ONGOING RISE IN INFECTION LEVELS HAS SPREAD to Trondheim, where around 250 new cases have been confirmed within the past week. The city’s chief medical officer is asking residents to keep following infection prevention measures. There’s also been a steady rise in new Covid-19 infection among people in Trondheim who have been fully vaccinated. […]

‘Tough’ flu season looms

As if the spread of the Corona virus wasn’t enough: Now Norwegian health authorities are worrying about what they fear could be a much tougher flu season than the country has seen for several years. All health care workers, everyone aged 65 and over plus those with chronic illnesses are being urged to vaccinate themselves […]

Høie ‘uneasy’ over new Corona record

Health Minister Bent Høie now admits to being “uneasy” about the record numbers of new Corona cases being registered in Norway, mostly among young Norwegians who have returned to far more open schools in recent weeks. An additional 1,415 cases of Corona infection were confirmed heading into the weekend, another record high since the pandemic […]

Economy rebounds, as expected

State statistics bureau SSB (Statistics Norway) has confirmed predictions of a rebound in the Norwegian economy as soon as Corona regulations eased. By June, the mainland economy (excluding offshore oil) was back to its same levels from before the pandemic began. SSB reported 1.4 percent growth in the second quarter, with 0.7 percent growth in […]

Princess tests Corona positive

UPDATED: Norway’s Princess Ingrid Alexandra, heir to the throne after her father and grandfather, has tested positive for the Corona virus. She’s the first member of the Royal Family to become infected with the virus and has been placed in isolation at the Crown Prince-family’s official residence, Skaugum in Asker, west of Oslo. The Royal […]

Emissions lower than initially calculated

Closed borders, empty airports and grounded flights during the Corona pandemic haven’t had a major effect on carbon emissions, according to the Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU), but emissions last year are lower than previously stated. That’s because of an error in calculating Norwegian carbon emissions. State statistics bureau SSB (Statistics Norway) reported last […]

‘Delta’ fears delay Norway’s reopening

Prime Minister Erna Solberg and her government have decided not to move forward with the next phase of their program to ease Corona virus-related restrictions. “We choose to wait until we see how the mutated Delta strain of the virus affects the (infection) situation,” Solberg said at a press conference on Monday. The move comes […]

Travel restrictions ease around EU

Now even Norwegians who are fully vaccinated, or already been sick with the Corona virus, can travel around most of Europe much more simply. Norway’s strict rules are being harmonized with those of the EU, which lists far more of its member nations as “green” than Norway has. EU Corona certificates that took effect July […]

Norway continues careful reopening

Faced with rising criticism over its still-strict border control, the Norwegian government is easing some of its entry rules aimed at keeping Corona infection out of the country. That will allow some foreigners and returning Norwegian easier access, but rules remain highly complicated and subject to change at any time. “This is all about maintaining […]

Crown Prince keen for early vaccination

Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon has accepted an offer from the government to be vaccinated against the Corona virus ahead of schedule. The Royal Palace was allotted 11 extra vaccine doses and the 48-year-old crown prince is among those now poised to get a shot. The government’s decision to earmark 500 vaccine doses for Members of […]