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

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Monday
The Øresund Bridge between Denmark and Sweden lit up in Danish national colours after the handball World Cup final. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT/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.

Elderly residents unsure over vaccination appointments

Vaccinations against Covid-19 are progressing in Denmark, despite the challenges posed by reduced deliveries from suppliers.

Vaccines will now be offered to the next group for prioritisation: people over the age of 85 who live in their own homes and do not receive living assistance.

Charity Ældre Sagen has raised concerns that many are experiencing confusion over booking systems and telephone queuing and many lack transport to vaccination centres, broadcaster DR reports. That could lead to some elderly residents giving up taking the vaccine, the charity said.

Rapid Covid-19 test centre numbers reduced

The national lockdown is having a clear effect on coronavirus infection numbers, with 377 new cases registered from 126,275 tests on Sunday, giving a test positivity rate of 0.3 percent. The lockdown will, however, stay in place until the end of this month.

Meanwhile, the number of private centres offering rapid Covid-19 tests is to be reduced to 33 across the country, DR writes. That is partly because new providers take over the contract from today.

Although permanent test centres will be fewer, more mobile test units are to be deployed.

Amnesty on pepper spray handover after law change

Anyone in possession of pepper spray in Denmark can hand the weapon over to authorities in February and March without incurring any form of penalty.

Parliament recently voted to outlaw possession of pepper spray for home defence, reversing a 2019 law. The sprays were used more often for aggressive purposes than for defence, lawmakers including justice minister Nick Hækkerup said as they outlawed the item.

They will still be permitted in special circumstances, including for victims of stalking and others with special permissions.

Denmark are handball world champions for second time in two years

Denmark defeated Sweden 26-24 to win a second successive men's world handball title on Sunday with Mikkel Hansen grabbing seven goals and goalkeeper Niklas Landin pulling off a series of stunning saves, according to news wire AFP’s report from the final in Cairo.

“It was Niklas Landin who made all the difference,” Danish winger Emil Jakobsen told AFP.

“He stopped everything in the last few minutes and it's thanks to those saves that we won.”

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