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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 Thursday

A new Nord Stream leak, a protest against Qatar on the national team’s World Cup kit, and other news stories in Denmark on Thursday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

Fourth leak detected at Nord Stream pipelines in Baltic Sea

A fourth leak has been detected in undersea pipelines running from Russia to Europe, the Swedish Coast Guard said this morning, after explosions were reported earlier this week in suspected sabotage.

“There are two leaks on the Swedish side and two leaks on the Danish side,” a Swedish Coast Guard official said. Media reported that the latest leak was detected at the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, but the coast guard did not confirm this.

The official added that the two leaks on the Swedish side are “close to each other”.

We’ll have a full report on this on our website this morning.

READ ALSO: Who is behind the Nord Stream Baltic pipeline attack?

More than half of Nord Stream gas has escaped from pipes

Danish officials said yesterday – prior to the discovery of a fourth leak – that more than half of the gas in the Nord Stream pipelines in the Baltic Sea had leaked into the atmosphere after they were damaged.

“A clear majority of the gas has already come out of the pipes,” head of the Danish Energy Agency, Kristoffer Böttzauw, told a press conference.

“We expect the rest to escape by Sunday,” he added.

Defence Minister Morten Bødskov said Wednesday morning that, due to pressure of the gas leaking out, it would take “one or two weeks” before inspections of the damaged structures could begin.

Hummel tones down logo on Denmark’s Qatar World Cup kit

Denmark will wear a “toned down” kit at this year’s World Cup in protest at Qatar’s human rights record, sportswear maker Hummel said Wednesday, setting off a furious response from the Gulf state.

Qatar’s organising committee accused Hummel of “trivialising” the country’s efforts to improve conditions for migrant workers and called on the Danish federation to intervene.

The logo of the Danish sportswear brand and the Danish national badge are both barely visible on the shirts designed for the World Cup that starts on November 20th.

Several competing nations and rights groups have criticised Qatar’s rights record and FIFA for allowing the event to be held in the conservative Muslim state where homosexuality is illegal.

“We support the Danish national team all the way, but that isn’t the same as supporting Qatar as a host nation,” Hummel said in a social media post.

Age charity wants foreign education programmes to bring in workers

Age concern charity DanAge (Ældre Sagen) wants Danish social care education programmes to be opened in foreign countries to address the chronic labour shortage suffered by the sector.

Danish welfare courses that take place abroad are a potential solution to the problem, the CEO of Ældre Sagen, Bjarne Hastrup, told newspaper Berlingske. Germany, Spain, India and the Phillippines are potential locations according to the charity.

“And my question to politicians would be: ‘If you’re not going to do this, what are you going to do?’,” he said.

The charity is scheduled to host a debate between the political party leaders, which will be televised by broadcaster DR this morning.

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