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

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Tuesday
Firefighters at Bjørnemose Gods on Monday. Photo: Tim Kildeborg Jensen/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.

Second doses of Covid-19 vaccine to be delayed, increasing reach

Health officials have confirmed that administration of the two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine will now be separated by up to six weeks, allowing more people to receive a first injection.

“So far we have said that there should be three to four weeks between each injection, but you can easily wait up to six weeks,” director of the Danish Health Authority Søren Brostrøm said.

“This way, we will be able to vaccinate more people now,” Brostrøm added.

More on this story here.

Vaccination centres open across the country

All five healthcare regions in Denmark have now opened vaccination centres at which people can attend to receive the Covid-19 vaccine once they have receive an invitation to do so.

This means that Denmark is now offering vaccines to some sections of the public, and not just care home residents and frontline healthcare staff, who were in the highest priority group.

Persons over the age of 65 who receive care and help in their own homes are the first members of the public who will be invited.

Residents in Denmark will receive notification via the Eboks secure digital mail system when they can receive the vaccine.

You can read more about Denmark’s Covid-19 vaccination strategy here.

New Covid-19 test to detect B117 variant

Coronavirus test centres will from next week begin efforts to directly detect the B117 variant of the virus. The more contagious form was first reported in southeast England and has now infected at least 86 people in Denmark, and likely several times more.

Experts in Denmark have called for monitoring of the variant to be scaled up due to concerns on the impact it could have on national infection rates.

“SSI [national infectious disease agency, ed.] has developed a PCR [antigen] test which can detect the new mutation… it is being set up by (operator) Testcenter Danmark and will run from next week,” SSI researcher Anders Fomsgaard told DR.

READ ALSO: How widespread is more contagious variant of Covid-19 in Denmark?

Major fire at Funen historical attraction

A major fire broke out on Monday afternoon at Bjørnemose Gods, a historical country manor built in 1854 near Svendborg on Funen (Fyn), Denmark’s second-largest island.

The fire was brought under control by Monday evening but the main building was left “more or less burned down”, Funen Police senior officer Milan Holck Nielsen told Ritzau early on Tuesday.

The main building at the manor was severely damaged in the blaze, which originated in a chimney before spreading to the roof, the news wire writes based on local reports. Nobody was hurt in the fire.

Danish vocabulary

  • At tilbyde, et tilbud – to offer, an offer
  • At påvise – to detect (via a test)
  • Gods – estate, manor

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