Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Wednesday

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Wednesday
File photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix
Find out what's going on in Denmark today with The Local's short round-up of the news in less than five minutes.

Covid-19 lockdown extended to entire country

The government has announced that the partial lockdown currently in effect in 69 municipalities will apply to the entire country from 4pm today. High infection rates and increasing hospitalisations were cited as reasons for the decision.

The situation is particularly serious in Copenhagen, where the infection rate is currently 822.1 per 100,000 residents.

Read our report in full here, including details of the partial lockdown rules, and more here on how the lockdown can affect Christmas plans.

One in three Danes still unsure about vaccine

A third of all people responding to a new survey in Denmark said they were either unsure or did not want to be given a Covid-19 vaccine once it is available in the country.

16 percent said they did not want to be vaccinated, while 20 percent said they were unsure. Those numbers are similar to a previous poll from September. The polls were conducted by Epinion on behalf of broadcaster DR.

Greater Copenhagen region to postpone non-emergency procedures

The health authority for the greater Copenhagen region, Region Hovedstaden, is to postpone up to 40 percent of non-acute investigations and treatments, Ritzau reports. That follows a similar announcement by the Central Jutland region, which has postponed 400 non-acute procedures between now and January.

The postponements come as hospitals look to ensure enough capacity for the increasing number of coronavirus admissions. Individual hospitals in the capital region will make the call on the extent of postponements, depending on the number of coronavirus patients they have as well as staff shortages.

Nationally, 439 people are currently admitted to hospital with the coronavirus. During the spring wave, that figure peaked at just over 500.

Parliament agrees on deal for police funding

A cross-aisle political majority has backed a deal to fund the Danish police in the coming years. The funding provides for 450 new officers and new weapons, justice minister Nick Hækkerup said as the deal was announced.

The parliamentary agreement gives political framework for the police and prosecution service in Denmark and was overdue, having originally been scheduled for completion last year.

READ ALSO: Why is Denmark's police asking for new service weapons?

Danish vocabulary:

  • Tvivl: doubt
  • Forlig: Settlement, compromise, agreement (political, legal)
  • At udskyde: to postpone

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