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The country is currently seeing a rapid rise in infections, particularly among the young, and will postpone a further relaxation of social restrictions for the time being.

"The government will not proceed with a reopening at this time," Solberg said.

Some 72 per cent of all Norwegians have now received a first dose of a Covid vaccine and 57 per cent of the population is fully vaccinated, according to the Institute of Public Health.

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