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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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Hospitals reduce Covid-19 alert level

The number of inpatients with Covid-19 at hospitals in Denmark dropped below 300 this week, the lowest total in close to three months. It the peak of the winter wave of the virus, over 900 were hospitalised.

Hospitals have now reduced their Covid-19 alert levels, broadcaster DR writes this morning.

The move releases staff tasked with treating coronavirus patients back to their regular areas. But experts told DR the situation does not necessarily mean Denmark is ready to lift its lockdown.

READ ALSO: Denmark plans twice-weekly testing as path out of lockdown

Clinic to open for children with long-term Covid effects

Denmark’s first clinic for children suffering with long-term symptoms related to Covid-19 is to open in Aarhus at the city’s University Hospital.

A select group of staff will be selected to monitor the children allowing them to observe any effects over time, senior medical consultant Klaus Birkelund Johansen, who is also the head of the Danish Society of Paediatricians, told broadcaster TV2.

The vast majority of people who have recovered from Covid-19 return to full health, but some have reported enduring symptoms including a loss of smell and taste and shortness of breath. People of all ages can be affected.

Impeachment court to assemble in September for trial of ex-minister

The impeachment trial of former immigration minister and deputy leader of the Liberal party Inger Støjberg will begin on September 2nd and consist of 38 court meetings. A verdict is expected before Christmas, the impeachment court stated via its website.

Earlier this month, parliament referred Støjberg to the rarely used special court over accusations that she broke the law when ordering the separation of asylum-seeking couples while in office.

READ ALSO: Danish ex-minister quits party after impeachment trial fallout

Walrus leaves northwest coast after veering off course

A walrus which was spotted near Thy in northwestern Denmark has left a beach outside the town, local police confirmed.

The animal – a young walrus weighing between 300 and 400 kilograms – rested up yesterday on rocks near the pier at Vorupør, a popular surfing destination sometimes referred to as ‘cold Hawaii’.

Walruses are a very rare sight in Danish waters.

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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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