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

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

Forecasters warn of ‘harsh’ freezing conditions

The Danish Meteorological Institute has warned of potentially ‘harsh’ weather conditions that could develop during the course of Monday.

That is because of a front moving towards the country from the west, which is expected to bring cold and windy conditions. Copenhagen and northern Zealand can look forward to likely blizzards.

But temperatures are forecast to improve slightly over night. That could lead to some fog tomorrow morning, according to DMI.

Tightened controls on travel from border regions

The Ministry of Justice has this morning announced that it will introduce stricter rules on travel from regions bordering Denmark. The decision has been take due to concerns over the risk of spread of the more infectious B1351 variant of Covid-19, the ministry said.

Residents in border regions have faced more flexible entry requirements than others to ease movement in and out of the country for work, business, study or private matters.

READ ALSO: These are Denmark's current Covid-19 travel restrictions

But authorities now believe there is an increased risk of spread of the B1531 variant, which was first detected in South Africa, via border areas.

As such, people entering Denmark from Schleswig-Holstein (Germany) and Skåne, Halland, Västra Götaland and Blekinge (Sweden) must have a ‘valid' reason for travel and a negative Covid-19 test taken with the last 72 hours. Previously, a test up to a week old was allowed.

Copenhagen begins vaccinating homeless people

The Greater Copenhagen regions has today commenced a programme to vaccinate homeless and socially vulnerable people, broadcaster DR reports.

Around 100 Pfizer vaccines have been delivered to the Øksnehallen exhibition hall in the Vesterbro neighbourhood. The vaccines have been earmarked for socially vulnerable homeless people in group 5 of the vaccination programme set out by the Danish Health Authority.

Doctors will screen individuals to see whether they qualify for vaccination within that group, DR writes.

READ ALSO: When and how can foreign residents get the Covid-19 vaccine in Denmark?

Police to keep close eye on roads during holiday week

Today marks the start of the Danish vinterferie, in which schools and well as a number of workplaces close for a week’s winter break.

With international travel curtailed, there may be more people than usual travelling within Denmark to various destinations.

Police announced in a statement yesterday that they would be keeping an eye on roads for “inattentive” motorists who break traffic laws by diverting their focus to things like mobile phones.

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