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CORONAVIRUS UPDATES FOR SVALBARD FOR TUESDAY: Snow replaces virus as immediate official worry, youth club hosting online competitions, youth clinic via Skype and more

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This story will be updated throughout the day. Photo above by Elin Anita Olsrud

Svalbard remains free of diagnosed coronavirus cases as of midday Tuesday, with officials far more concerned immediately about the avalanche and other risks posed by heavy snowfall during the past few days. Avalanche risks are considered high, and the city is urging kids to avoid playing on large snow hills created by plows and adults to avoid placing their vehicles in places plows are clearing.

Norway’s government is expected to announce today what, if any, travel and quarantine restrictions will be relaxed or removed.

•  Haakon Sandvik, owner of 78 Grader Taxfree, is offering custom Isbjørnar cartoons with matte frames from the adjacent  Barbara Foto og Ramme until 6 p.m. Prices starting at about 200 kroner are primarily for the frames. Discounts for students and laid-off workers.

The Longyearbyen Youth Club, whose facility is closed, is hosting a variety of online competitions each day, with the winner announced each evening.

• A children’s and youth “clinic” offering advice via Skype is now active from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at  7775 5701.

A transcript of Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s Facebook chat with residents on Sunday has been published at the government’s website (in English via Google Translate).

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Mark Sabbatini

I'm a professional transient living on a tiny Norwegian island next door to the North Pole, where once a week (or thereabouts) I pollute our extreme and pristine environment with paper fishwrappers decorated with seemingly random letters that would cause a thousand monkeys with a thousand typewriters to die of humiliation. Such is the wisdom one acquires after more than 25 years in the world's second-least-respected occupation, much of it roaming the seven continents in search of jazz, unrecognizable street food and escorts I f****d with by insisting they give me the platonic tours of their cities promised in their ads. But it turns out this tiny group of islands known as Svalbard is my True Love and, generous contributions from you willing, I'll keep littering until they dig my body out when my climate-change-deformed apartment collapses or they exile my penniless ass because I'm not even worthy of washing your dirty dishes.
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