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

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Monday
An outside lesson for 6th graders in Randers. Photo: Bo Amstrup/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.

Some pupils return to schools 

Educational institutions take a step back towards normality today. Final year students at schools and upper secondary schools are allowed to return to classes nationally, while students in junior years can also attend outdoor lessons one day a week. Folk high schools (højskoler) and residential schools (efterskoler) for young people are also allowed to reopen.

The changes were announced by the government last week, with infection rates at a low enough level to broaden school openings, authorities said.

READ ALSO: Older pupils across Denmark to return to school for outdoor lessons

Larger shops with areas of over 5,000 square metres can also reopen from today, provided they limit customer numbers to 250 on their premises at one time. Previously, such stores were required to use an appointment system. That rule now only applies to stores over 10,000 square metres. Essential shops like supermarkets are exempted from these rules.

Danish coronavirus vaccine commences clinical trials

The first group of people to receive a Covid-19 vaccine developed in Denmark have been given the jab in a clinical trial in the Netherlands, broadcaster DR reports.

The small group of 42 people are taking part in the first of three phases of clinical trials which candidate vaccines are normally put through before being considered for general approval. The second and third phases are conducted on much larger groups.

National charity event suffers after switching from door-to-door to digital

Charity Folkekirkens Nødhjælp (DanChurchAid) collected a record-low amount last weekend after dropping its usual door-to-door annual fundraiser for a Covid-safe digital version, DR writes.

The event was also held online in 2020.

A total of 4.2 million kroner was reportedly raised this year – a 60 percent decrease compared with pre-corona totals.

“The result is both what we feared and expected. It’s impossible to replace the physical meeting between people, even with the newest and smartest digital solutions,” the organisation’s general secretary Birgitte Qvist-Sørensen told DR.

Spring weather could be on the way this week

Small signs of spring are expected this week, according to the latest forecast from national meteorologist DMI.

“Overall it will be quite cold. But the sun has the power now, so when it comes out and warms things up it could feel quite like spring,” DMI meteorologist Mette Wagnertold news wire Ritzau.

Mixed weather is forecast for much of the week, with clouds and showers taking turns with sunnier spells.

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