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The Norwegian government has confirmed a third coronavirus vaccine dose will be offered to everyone over the age of 18 and Covid passports will be introduced in many public venues. The Nordic country removed all restrictions at the end of September but has made a U-turn following a surge in infections and hospitalisations.

The announcement comes as a new partial lockdown is expected to be announced in The Netherlands.

The move to offer a booster jab in Norway comes despite 87 percent of adults having received both doses, while 70 percent of the total population has been inoculated.

Speaking on Friday afternoon. Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said: “We are therefore planning for the rest of the population to be offered a third dose next year.

“It will contribute to the individual being well protected against the virus and also avoid a great burden on society and working life.”

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Norway has reintroduced some Covid rules (Image: GETTY)

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Norway has offered a third vaccine to all adults (Image: GETTY)

He added: “The information we have is that dose two provides good protection, but that fake passport generator it has a tapering effect.

“Therefore, Passport Generator based on the advice we have received from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, we believe that there is a basis for asking them to prepare a third vaccine dose.”

Norway is currently reporting around 1,500 new Covid infections per day.

The number of deaths remains relatively low, with an average of four deaths per day this week.

Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre

Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre announced the measures on Friday (Image: GETTY)


Mr Støre stressed the country would not be going into another lockdown and insisted a move to introduce Covid passports would be implemented across bars, restaurants, concert venues and sports stadiums.

The city of Tromsø in northern Norway has confirmed the measures will be introduced from next week.

Those who are unvaccinated and catch Covid will be required to take a mandatory coronavirus test for the next seven days.

Authorities will also increase testing for unvaccinated health personnel.

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Covid passes will be introduced in public spaces (Image: GETTY)

Health minister Ingvild Kjerkol said: “We want regular testing of unvaccinated health personnel and a clear message that they must wear face masks.

“If you are unvaccinated and live with somebody who is diagnosed with coronavirus, you must be tested every day with a home-test or every other day with a PCR test for seven days.

“The test obligation applies until seven days have passed since the last time they had close contact. So this is not just a recommendation, but a duty.”

The move comes as a partial lockdown is expected to be announced in The Netherlands.


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Prime Minister Mark Rutte is set to address the nation on Friday evening following an alarming rise in Covid cases.

Bars and restaurants are expected to be told to close early for the next three weeks.

People will be urged to work from home where possible and sports events will be held without spectators, according to reports.

The latest figures showed new infections topped 16,000 for the second successive day on Friday – beating the previous record of just under 12,000 recorded in December 2020.