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

Find out what's going on in Denmark today with The Local's short round-up of the news in less than five minutes.

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

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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TODAY IN DENMARK

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

A plan to shut down job centers, new resources for young people with eating disorders, and Tivoli's bottom line are among the top news stories in Denmark on Tuesday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

Liberal party presents plan to shut down job centers 

The current employment system is unsalvageable and will need to be rebuilt from the ground up, according to a new plan presented by the Liberal party. 

Their vision focuses on reducing bureaucracy and spending on the job centers themselves — of the 12 billion kroner spent on employment in Denmark annually, five billion kroner goes to the running of job centers, newswire Ritzau reports. The Liberals are also eyeing cuts to benefit rates in the first three months of unemployment, as well as re-introducing a cash assistance ceiling. 

READ MORE: A-kasse: Everything foreigners in Denmark need to know about unemployment insurance 

New resource for young people with eating disorders, self-harming behaviors 

There’s a new way for children and youth to reach out for help with eating disorders and self-harm online. 

The Association for Eating Disorders and Self-Injury has opened up a messaging platform on spiseforstyrrelse.dk to connect struggling young people with volunteers trained to help counsel them on their options. 

The Association currently receives about 4,000 inquiries annually by phone or email, and it’s hoped the new service could reach an additional 500 young people in need of help. 

“Many find it difficult to seek help and to find the courage to call us,” association director Laila Walther tells Ritzau. “We want to make it easier.” 

Tivoli edges closer to pre-pandemic profits 

Copenhagen amusement park Tivoli has seen booming business this summer, according to their profit statements for the first half of the year. Several red-letter days, including the presentation of the Tour de France cycling teams which drew a stunning 15,000 people, have contributed to “visitor numbers that exceed expectations,” their midyear report said. 

While attendance levels haven’t quite reached pre-pandemic levels, more international tourists are lining up for the Tivoli experience, director Susanne Mørch Koch said. 

READ MORE: Tour de France gets rapturous reception in Copenhagen 

Regular Covid testing returns for nursing home employees 

With autumn on the horizon, staff at nursing homes and home health care workers will receive PCR tests every 14 days, according to a new directive from the State’s Serum Institute, Denmark’s infectious disease agency. 

Visitors of nursing home residents over the age of 85 are also encouraged to test before arriving, though it’s not required. 

Henrik Ullum from the SSI says this doesn’t foreshadow a return to widespread testing for the greater population. “The most important thing is first of all not to go to work” if you’re experiencing symptoms of a Covid-like illness, he explains. 

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