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Aarhus’ bus terminal is ‘at risk of collapsing’

Several areas of the 60-year-old bus terminal in the centre of Aarhus are unsafe, according to local transport operator Midttrafik.

Aarhus' bus terminal is 'at risk of collapsing'
Photo: Mikkel Berg Pedersen/Freelance/Ritzau Scanpix

Large parts of the bus terminal, Aarhus Rutebilstation, are at risk of collapsing, Midttrafik said in a statement released early on Wednesday.

The city’s municipality has identified areas of the terminal’s where a concrete level above a parking lot is at risk of collapse. Large areas of the bus station have therefore been evacuated and closed, the statement read.

Buses which normally depart from the terminal have been moved to temporary stands.

Staff will be present at the terminal on Wednesday to help passengers find relocated bus stands, Midttrafik wrote.

“[Consultancy contractor] Orbicon’s conclusion is that it is not reasonable to use the areas underneath or above (the car park), as the possibility of the concrete level collapsing cannot be excluded,” Midttrafik said.

The station is located a few hundred metres from the city’s central rail station close to the harbour. It was opened in 1954.

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One fifth of people in Denmark sceptical of Covid vaccine

Nearly a fifth of people in Denmark are uncertain about whether they would take a coronavirus vaccine if recommended it by the country's health authorities, with researchers warning of a "massive communication task" lying ahead.

One fifth of people in Denmark sceptical of Covid vaccine
Danes were the least sceptical of the eight countries surveyed. Photo: Dado Ruvic/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix
According to the latest update from Aarhus University's ongoing How Democracies Cope with COVID19 (HOPE) project, only 51 percent of those surveyed in Denmark described themselves as “completely certain” they would be willing to receive a vaccine,  with a further 31 percent saying that they were partly certain. 
 
Michael Bang Pedersen, the Aarhus psychology professor who leads the project, said that, while worrying, respondents from Denmark were more positive to vaccines than those of any other nation. 
 
“The Danish results look pretty good, the Swedish figures are less good, and some of the results from France are extremely worrisome in my view,” he told The Local. 
 
“So I think there's a massive communication task in front of a lot of national health authorities, including the Danish one.” 
 
Only 38 percent of respondents from France to the study said they were “completely certain” they would take a vaccine. 
 
Here are the figures for the eight nations surveyed, from left to right: France, Hungary, USA, Germany, Sweden, Italy, UK, Denmark. 
 
 
 
Bang Pedersen said that some uncertainty was unsurprising. 
 
“At this point, some uncertainty is to be expected, because we don't know what the features of the vaccine will be, how effective it is, and what the side effects will be,” he said. 
 
“I think that part of the communication task for the authorities will be to acknowledge the uncertainty and to say, 'even if you are uncertain it doesn't mean you are anti-vaccine, and we are going to show you that the vaccine is safe despite those uncertainties.” 
 
He said that the another obstacle could come if young people feel that because they are at too low a risk of becoming seriously ill from coronavirus to make receiving a vaccine worthwhile. 
 
“They might think, 'I don't think I'll get a vaccine, because I'm not at risk myself'”, he said. 
 
The solution, he said, was to make sure people were “informed about the logic of herd immunity”, and also made to feel empathy with people in vulnerable groups. 
 
Finally, he said governments should already be starting to counteract misinformation about vaccines, and educating their populations to make them less susceptible to counter “fake news” in the internet. 
 
The responses in the report were collected between September 13th and October 3rd.
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