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

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Thursday
Some 16,000 cyclists will be able to cross the Great Belt Bridge
Find out what's going on in Denmark today with The Local's short roundup of the news in less than five minutes.

4,000 spectators at Denmark-Belgium match should be tested after Delta outbreak 

The Danish Patient Safety Authority has asked some 4,000 spectators who were sitting in several sections of the C grandstand at Copenhagen’s Parken stadium during the Euro2020 match between Denmark and Belgium last Thursday to get a PCR covid test, after three spectators tested positive to the infectious Delta variant, originating in India.  

In a tweet, the authority called for anyone in section C 1-4 or C 6-7 to get tested as soon as possible. 

Denmark’s health minister, Magnus Heunicke, wrote in a tweet that three people had tested positive out of the 4,000 people who had been in the sections. 

Amusement park to build Denmark’s biggest roller coaster 

The Fårup Sommerland amusement park is to build Denmark’s biggest roller coaster, the Fønix, which will be 40m high, and incorporate 14 different elements, such as drops, loops, and twists, providing a total of 9.2 seconds of weightlessness. The roller coaster, which is designed by the Dutch company Vekoma, will cost 100m kroner and be ready by next Easter. 

Læsø to become Denmark’s first fully vaccinated municipality 

Læsø, an island out in the Kattegat sea between Jutland and Sweden, is to become the first municipality in Denmark where all adults have been fully vaccinated, with the last 140 people over the age of 16 set to be vaccinated on Thursday. Denmark has brought in a system whereby small island communities can be vaccinated outside the normal system, as following the age-based calendar would be inefficient. 

Denmark to open the 1.6km Great Belt Bridge to cyclists (for one day) 

As part of Denmark’s hosting of the Grand Départ of the Tour de Franceit will on July 11th next year open up the long bridge between Funen and Zealand to more than 16,000 cyclists. The trip across the bridge will be part of the 199km Stage 2 of the race, which starts in Roskilde and ends in Nyborg. 

The race is organized by the Danish Cycling Union, in collaboration with DGI, DIF and Sport Event Denmark, and participants can choose between three distances, the full 199km, 100km, or 25km.

Registration begins on July 1st this year. 

Danish Medicines agency asks people not to report mild vaccine side-effects 

The Danish Medicines Agency has asked people in Denmark not to consult a doctor if they have a mild fever or headache after receiving a coronavirus jab, after it has been overwhelmed by more than 44,000 side effect reports in just six months. It normally receives about 7,000 in a year. 

“Do not consult a doctor if you have a mild fever, headache or other mild side effects after receiving a coronavirus vaccine. It is completely normal, and a sign that your immune system is working,” Tanja Erichsen, unit manager at the Danish Medicines Agency, told the Politiken newspaper. “You should neither report this to us nor contact your own doctor.” 


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