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

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Thursday
Elephants in Copenhagen Zoo in 2020. Photo: Emil Helms/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.

Prime Minister travels to Israel to discuss vaccines 

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen is scheduled to travel to Israel today, where she and Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz will meet with Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss a possible partnership over supply and production of Covid-19 vaccines.

READ ALSO: Denmark and Austria to agree partnership with Israel on Covid-19 vaccines

“I am pleased that Denmark can enter a partnership with Israel, which is currently the world champion of vaccines,” Frederiksen said in comments reported by broadcaster DR.

“It’s all about increasing production capacity and that could mean on a practical and specific level that we will build factories together,” she also said.

Drop-in centres for homeless to get major investment

Denmark’s drop-in centres for homeless and other vulnerable people, known as varmestuer (literally, warm rooms) in Danish, have been threatened by closure in many cases during the coronavirus pandemic, not least because the charity chops which fund them have been forced to close during lockdown. The shops have now reopening following the slight easing of restrictions on March 1st.

The government has now announced a fund of 50 million kroner for NGOs and social businesses aimed at easing the problem, DR writes. Parliament backs the plan.

Zoos reopen, negative Covid-19 test required for entry

Parents who want to treat kids who have spent large portions of recent months cooped up inside can now take them to see zoo animals in both Copenhagen and Odense, as zoos in the two cities reopen their outdoor spaces today.

Visitors over the age of 15 must present a negative Covid-19 test less than 72 hours old to enter the attractions.

READ ALSO: What is Denmark’s current schedule for Covid-19 vaccination?

Unemployment increased for first time in eight months during lockdown

The number of people out of work in Denmark increased in January by 1,300, giving a total of 126,700, new Statistics Denmark figures show.

Closure of job centres during the lockdown was a contributory factor in the slowdown in employment, news wire Ritzau reports.

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