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

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Thursday
Building work at Tivoli earlier this month. Photo: Nils Meilvang/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.

One year since first Danish Covid-19 lockdown 

Today marks one year since Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s dramatic press conference at which the first lockdown of the country was announced as the coronavirus pandemic took hold across Europe.

“This will have huge consequences, but the alternative would be far worse,” Frederiksen said at the time. The country, like many others, has stayed under coronavirus restrictions in some form ever since.

The mental health of one in five people in Denmark has suffered during the pandemic, according to a recent study.

There appears to be some light ahead, with the government yesterday saying it hopes to present a plan for lifting remaining restrictions within the next two weeks.

Airline Norwegian leaves 34,000 customers out of pocket

Up to 34,000 people in credit with low-cost airline Norwegian due to cancelled bookings will not get their money back, news wire Ritzau reports.

That is according to a recovery plan presented by the debt-laden company today.

The 34,000 is actually a small proportion of customers owed money by the company. 98 percent of customers owed money for cancelled bookings up to November 18th last year will be reimbursed.

Norwegian is currently under bankruptcy protection in Ireland and is not allowed to pay the refunds in question under the relevant rules related to this. CEO Jakob Schram said in a statement he was “sad” that full refunds will not be offered to all customers.


Health authority closes Horsens school due to Covid-19 outbreak 

The Brædstrup School in central Jutland town Horsens has been closed by the Danish Patient Safety Authority after 18 pupils and six teachers were infected with Covid-19, broadcaster DR reports.

Infections initially occurred in a grade 2 class and have since spread to other age groups, possible through infections between siblings, according to the school.

Tivoli to reopen on March 27th with new rules

Popular Copenhagen amusement park Tivoli, one of the city’s biggest tourism draws in normal times, is to reopen its doors on March 27th. Outdoor cultural attractions were given permission to open when restrictions were lifted slightly at the beginning of this month.

Opening hours during the Easter period from March 27th to April 5th will be shorter than usual, from 11am-8pm. For the rest of April, the park will be open from Friday-Sunday.

The park will continue to run its booking system for visitors and in accordance with national rules, a negative coronavirus test taken within the last 72 hours will be required to enter.

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