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

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Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Monday
Flags are at half mast at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen, Saturday 17 April 2021. Queen Margrethe has decided to fly flags at half mast at Amalienborg Palace on the occasion of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral. The Prince's funeral will take place from St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. Prince Philip, who was born Prince of Greece and Denmark, died on 9 April aged 99 years old. (Photo: Claus Bech / Scanpix 2021)

Find out what's going on in Denmark today with The Local's short round-up of the news in less than five minutes.


Businesses, conservative parties call for government to scrap 30-minute booking rule for reopened restaurants 

Coronavirus restrictions are set to be eased again on Wednesday, with bars, restaurants and cafes allowed to serve guests both inside and outside, in the latter case without a corona passport requirement. You can read more about the incoming changes here.

In a change made to the new rules after they were agreed with the other parties, the government has said that table reservations, which will be required for inside service at restaurants, must be made at least 30 minutes before the time of serving. The rule is ostensibly to prevent ‘walk-ins’ and enforce the need for reservations.

The interest organisation for small businesses, SMVdanmark, has hit out at the rule. The group’s CEO Jakob Brandt called it a “bureaucratic trip-up” on social media.

The Conservative and Liberal parties have also criticised the rule, questioning its practical use as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Scam phone calls reported in southeast Jutland

Police in southeast Jutland have issued advice to residents in the area after a spate of phone calls from scammers pretending to be officers investigating digital ID fraud.

The telephone number used in the scam resembles an older police number, ending with the digits 1448.

If you are called by the number, you should under no circumstances give any details of your personal registration (CPR) number or secure login (NemID).

“Citizens who are being called by number 76241448 and asked for CPR number and NemID because of alleged hacking are instructed not to comply. The person calling will pretend to be from the police. That is not the case,” the police tweeted.


AstraZeneca second doses to be replaced with different vaccine

Health authorities last week announced the withdrawal of the AstraZeneca vaccine from Denmark’s Covid-19 vaccination programme. That left around 150,000 people who have received AstraZeneca as their first vaccine dose, including a large proportion of healthcare sector workers in doubt as to when and how they will receive their second dose.

The Danish Health Authority has since confirmed via a statement that people who have received a first dose with AstraZeneca will be offered a second dose from another company. The two vaccines in use in Denmark at the current time are those from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna.

The second vaccine will be offered around 12 weeks after the date of the first one.

READ ALSO: Denmark to consider individual choice over AstraZeneca vaccine

Warm and sunny start to the week

Today will be a dry day with plenty of sunshine and temperatures reaching a positively balmy 18 degrees Celsius.

That could make it the warmest day of the year so far, according to national meteorological agency DMI.

The good weather is forecast to last until Wednesday when Arctic air is predicted to move across the country from the northwest, bringing with it single-digit temperatures and possibly the return of sleet and hail.


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