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

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 Thursday
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New vaccination schedule to be published

All three of the companies currently supplying Denmark with Covid-19 vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca) have announced reductions to their expected deliveries, and that has changed the schedule for the country’s vaccination plan.

A new plan will be presented today by the national infectious disease agency, State Serum Institute, SSI.

A total of 203,308 people, or 3.48 percent of the population, have so far received a vaccine.

Priority for final group to be discussed

Once older people and those in higher risk groups have received the vaccine, around three million healthy people aged between 16-64 can expect to be offered an inoculation.

Because of the relative size of this group, discussions are now taking place over how it should be subdivided into further prioritisation levels, broadcaster DR writes.

Disco bus converted to mobile test unit

With so-called ‘party buses’ in short demand due to Covid-19 restrictions, greater Copenhagen town Glostrup has decided to convert one into a mobile testing centre, putting a musical spin on virus testing.

The town's mayor John Engelhardt explained on Wednesday that “it takes very little,” to  convert the buses normally reserved for events like bachelor parties and hen  dos.

“Party buses are not used for parties as everything is dead in this area at the moment, so these buses are available,” Engelhardt told news wire AFP.

Car sales dip, cold weather cited

Salespersons working for car dealerships are allowed to meet potential customers in outside areas such their driveways under current coronavirus restrictions. But the current winter weather is putting a freeze on sales, the industry, calling for more flexibility for showroom opening.

According to numbers from the Confederation of Danish Industry (Dansk Industri, DI) car sales in January 2021 were half of the level seen in the first month of 2020.

“It’s not easy to stand outside in the freezing cold and show a car and then nit be able to go inside for a cup of coffee to talk about the details,” the co-owner of a show room in Fredericia told DR.

The industry has suggested allowing showrooms with high floor space to be allowed to reopen at the same time as the retail sector, which is currently shuttered until at least February 28th.

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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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