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Copenhagen blooming with spring colours

The Danish capital has almost fully cast off the winter doldrums so The Local went out to capture some signs of spring.

Copenhagen blooming with spring colours
Spring time means blooming cherry trees throughout Copenhagen. Photo: Juan Franco

Following a long and cold winter, Copenhagen is embracing the arrival of warmer spring temperatures and nowhere is that more evident than the cherry trees throughout the city. 

Tourists and locals alike are absorbing sunlight while taking pictures of the trees in full bloom. OK, mostly they're taking selfies, but you get the idea.

It is quite a sight after all, specially after months of early nights, bitter cold and drab grey.

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If you want to see the beautiful spring blooms for yourself, the best spots for cherry blossoms are Bispebjerg Cemetery, Kongens Have and Langelinie.

Locals can't get enough of the spring weather. Photo: Juan Franco

Click on the photo for more images from Kongens Have. Photo: Juan Franco

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DENMARK

Museums, art galleries and zoos reopen in Denmark

Museums and zoos began reopening in Denmark on Thursday, as the country decided to accelerate its exit from lockdown and health officials said the spread of the new coronavirus was slowing.

Visitors come to the ARoS art gallery in Aarhus, which opened on Friday after two months' closure. Photo: Bo Amstrup/Ritzau Scanpix
The original plan for Denmark was to keep museums, zoos, theatres, cinemas and similar attractions closed until June 8.
   
But after a deal was struck in the country's parliament late Wednesday they were instead allowed to open immediately.
   
“It was pure cheer. Finally, we can get started,” Peter Kjargaard, director of the Natural History Museum of Denmark, told broadcaster DR.
   
Kjargaard added that he was excited to show off the museum's new dinosaur exhibit, even if it wouldn't be ready for another month.
   
But not all museums reopened their doors on Thursday. Some said they would start receiving customers over the weekend or next week.
   
Under the deal agreed in parliament, the Danish border remains temporarily closed, but starting next week the list of exceptions allowing travel to Denmark will be expanded to include permanent residents of all the Nordic
countries and Germany wanting to visit relatives, loved ones, or homes they own in Denmark.
 
   
High school students will also begin returning to classrooms shortly.
   
Also on Wednesday, the Danish health agency SSI, which operates under the health ministry and is responsible for the surveillance of infectious diseases, released a report indicating the spread of the disease seems to be slowing, even as the country had started opening up.
   
SSI said that as of May 18 the infection rate, or reproduction rate, was estimated at 0.6, compared to 0.7 on May 7.
   
A reproduction rate of 1.0 means that one person with COVID-19 infects on average just one other, while a rate of below 1.0 indicates that the spread is declining.
   
On April 15, the country started reopening pre-schools and resuming classes for the youngest primary school children — under strict social distancing and hygiene guidelines.
   
Danish middle schools followed suit this week.
   
Another report this week by SSI, however showed that only one percent of Danes carried antibodies for the virus, raising concerns that the country could be vulnerable to a new wave of the virus.
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