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

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Tuesday
Transport vehicles parked outside the Pfizer factory in Puurs, Belgium. Photo: Bart Biesemans/Reuters/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.

Sweden blocks travel from Denmark

Sweden has announced it is barring travellers from Denmark over concerns of an influx of Christmas shoppers amid rising numbers of coronavirus infections.

Swedish citizens are exempt from the entry ban, as are non-citizens who live or work in Sweden, and people working in transportation of goods.

Shopping malls are currently closed in Denmark under Covid-19 restrictions, and all non-essential shops will close when a lockdown comes into full effect on Christmas Day.

More on this story here.

Year-long ban on mink farming approved by parliament

A new law bans the keeping of minks for a year, following the controversial cull of all minks over a mutated strain of the novel coronavirus.

The law effectively removes a legal challenge that has shaken the government after it in early November ordered all minks in country culled, although it still faces an official enquiry over a previous illegal order to cull minks.

Here’s the story in full.

EU approves Pfizer vaccine, paving way for rollout in Denmark

The EU Commission has given the green light to the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for use across the European Union, following hot on the heels of approval by the European Medicines Agency.

Denmark has previously said it is ready to begin vaccinating as soon as supplies reach the country.

Capacity to be increased at hospitals in greater Copenhagen

The number of Covid-19 inpatients at Denmark currently stands at 713, the highest level throughout the pandemic.

That is being felt particularly in the Hovedstaden (Greater Copenhagen) healthcare region, which currently has 389 patients admitted with the virus – a steep increase from the 103 patients who were hospitalised at the beginning of December.

The region is now working to increase capacity for coronavirus patients, Ritzau reports, because the number of patients has broken through existing contingency planning to ensure there were enough beds for people admitted with the virus.

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