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

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

Government calls urgent meeting on rapid Covid-19 tests

A plan to offer rapid Covid-19 testing to staff at municipal care centres and childcare facilities is lagging, national broadcaster DR reports.

The testing is considered to be an important tool in tracing local infection clusters. Justice minister Nick Hækkerup has summoned municipal mayors to a meeting aimed at getting the rapid testing up and running.

Lowest number of asylum seekers ever registered in 2020

A combination of the Covid-19 pandemic and stringent rules and policies resulted in the lowest number of asylum seekers being registered in Denmark since records began in their current form in 1998.

2020 saw a total of 1,547 asylum seekers, according to a statement from the Ministry of Immigration and Integration.

That is less than one tenth of the number recorded in 2015, when 21,316 people applied for asylum in Denmark at the peak of the European migration crisis.

We’ll have a more detailed report on this later today.

Positive news on potential delivery of Covid-19 vaccines

Health authorities said yesterday that the national Covid-19 vaccination programme would be revised after supplier Pfizer confirmed a reduction in deliveries in coming months. But there may be some relief on the horizon.

Newspaper Berlingske reports that Denmark could receive up to 700,000 vaccine doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine in February, should the company’s vaccine be confirmed by the European Medicines Agency by the end of January, as is expected.

The Danish Medicines Agency has not confirmed the number.

Almost a third of people have reduced their meat consumption

Almost one in three people in Denmark have cut down on how much meat they eat, according to a new study from Aarhus University involving a survey of 3,000 people aged 18-70.

According to the study, 30 percent of people told researchers they had reduced or cut out meat in their diets. 12 percent said this had happened within the last six months, and 18 percent said they had cut down over a longer term.

Even though 30 percent said they now eat less meat, 38 percent of this group still eat meat daily, the study found.

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