Professors warn against reopening

Bars and restaurants in Oslo could start reopening on Wednesday, with the rest of the country opening up even more from Thursday, but not everyone is happy about it. Several infection experts are warning that it could all lead to a fourth wave of the Corona virus and its new mutations. “Nationwide liberalization is, in […]

Bergen International Festival can open

A slimmed-down version of Norway’s annual Bergen International Festival is getting ready to open to both live audiences and those clicking in digitally. Events will be held indoors and outdoors, after organizers struggled to satisfy Corona-related restrictions. “We’ve had some challenging months, with lots of uncertainty and many changes,” said festival chief Anders Beyer, who’s […]

New vaccine plan hailed and railed

Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s announcement that her government will stop using the AstraZeneca vaccine, make the Johnson & Johnson vaccine optional and shake up Norway’s entire vaccination program was getting a mixed reaction Wednesday evening. Young Norwegians aged 18-24 were glad they’ll be getting priority, but many cities don’t want to give up their vaccine […]

Experts: Drop J&J and AstraZeneca

A state commission made up of health care experts advised the Norwegian government on Monday to make its suspension of the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccines permanent. The commission, however, proposed that the government could still make both Corona vaccines available to Norwegians who want to take them on a voluntary basis. Use […]

Norway on track for gradual reopening

State health officials had some good news Monday: New registered cases of the Corona virus fell 11 percent last week and everyone fully vaccinated will now be exempted from quarantine rules within Norway. Norway’s third wave of infection is ebbing out and more national restrictions may ease. “It looks like we’re nearing the levels that […]

Hadeland fears ‘wild’ infection

The scenic rural community of Gran in Hadeland was under a new Corona alert this week after a local man in his 60s tested positive for Covid-19 after he’d died suddenly on Tuesday. Local officials believe the man, who was highly skeptical of the Corona crisis, had been ill for up to two weeks without […]

Holiday took priority over vaccinations

Health officials in some affluent areas of Oslo were shocked when they called local residents to schedule free Corona vaccinations this week, only to be turned down. Many of those they called wanted to wait until later and reschedule, since a vaccination interfered with their plans for Easter breaks at their holiday homes. “There were […]

Oil Minister ill with Covid-19

Norway’s Oil Minister Tina Bru is among the record numbers of Norwegians testing positive for the Corona virus this week. She’d already been in quarantine when her test results arrived on Wednesday. “I feel relatively good, but am also aware that I’m not well,” Bru told newspaper VG on Friday. Bru wrote on her own […]

Few signs of ‘hidden’ Corona infection

A survey of nearly 30,000 Norwegians has revealed surprisingly little “hidden” infection among Norway’s general population. It’s the first good news after weeks of mass testing resulted in record numbers of confirmed Corona virus cases. The experts at state public health institute FHI (Folkehelse-institutt) had feared that the amount of underlying infection among Norwegians who […]

Tough anti-infection rules go nationwide

The Norwegian government cracked down on Corona again Tuesday, announcing that the strictest virus containment measures will now apply nationwide. That means national prohibition against the serving of alcohol and a maximum of two guests in private homes, among other measures. “We know that this will prompt negative reaction in areas where there’s hardly any […]