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

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

Parliament agrees four-phase plan for easing of travel restrictions

A parliamentary majority last night backed a plan to lift Denmark’s coronavirus travel restrictions, giving people with loved ones elsewhere in Europe hope that they can now begin counting the days until they are reunited.

Restrictions are to be eased in four phases, beginning on April 21st and reaching completion by June 26th, should everything go to plan.

The plan for easing restrictions, published late on Tuesday by the Ministry of Justice, applies only to countries in the EU and Schengen area. Restrictions for so-called “third countries” outside of this zone will follow the common approach adopted by the EU, which is expected to be renegotiated prior to the summer, the ministry states.

We will report full details of the plan in a separate article this morning.

Johnson & Johnson vaccine to be delivered

The first delivery of the one-shot vaccine from Johnson & Johnson will arrive in Denmark today, but it is unclear when the inoculations will be put to use after the company yesterday announced a decision to “proactively delay” the rollout of its vaccine in Europe.

That came after extremely rare cases of blood clots combined with low platelet numbers were detected in persons who have received the vaccine in the United States.

The vaccines will initially be stored once they have arrived in Denmark, the national infectious disease agency State Serum Institute has confirmed to broadcaster DR.

Leaders of the various political parties are scheduled to meet today to discuss the situation.

Read more on Johnson & Johnson’s decision to delay its European rollout here.

Calls for corona passport rules to no longer apply outdoors

With a number of businesses now open again and restaurants and cafes set to be allowed to offer outdoors serving from next week, Denmark’s rules requiring use of corona passports are now effective. The passports are used to document immunity or from the virus or a recent negative test.

Corona passport: What you need to know about Danish Covid-19 vaccine and test documentation

But the rules could already be set for an update, with a political majority – which outnumbers Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s government – now calling for outdoors services at restaurants not to require corona passports, according to DR.


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