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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the latest news on Wednesday

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the latest news on Wednesday
A red balloon showing the logo of the Danish nurses' union, DSR. Photo: Ida Guldbæk Arentsen/Ritzau Scanpix
Find out what's going on in Denmark today with The Local's short roundup of the news in less than five minutes.

Pregnant and breastfeeding women to receive invitation for Covid-19 vaccination

Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding can be offered vaccination against Covid-19 from today, having not had this opportunity in Denmark until now.

The various Covid-19 vaccines were previously not approved by the Danish Health Authority for women in the groups due to a lack of sufficient documentation supporting their recommendation during pregnancy. The authority announced yesterday that it would publish new guidelines.

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A number of other European countries, including Sweden and the United Kingdom, already vaccinate pregnant women and the Danish Society for Obstetrics and Gynaecology has previously stated that the advantages of vaccination against Covid-19 clearly outweigh the disadvantages.

Emergency service warns of heightened fire risk

Dry and windy weather means that the risk of accidentally starting a wildfire is currently higher than usual.

As such, a senior officer with the Danish fire services (Danske Beredskaber) has urged people to exercise caution when, for example, lighting barbecues or torching weeds.

“It’s windy and has been warm in the preceding period so there is still a relatively high fire risk,” Bjarne Nigaard told broadcaster DR.

Nurses to demonstrate on two wheels in Copenhagen

Cyclists in Copenhagen this afternoon could be caught in heavy two-wheeled traffic as nurses take to their bicycles to demonstrate for better pay.

Around 4,750 nurses are currently on strike in Denmark and that number is scheduled to increase in August.

The striking nurses are likely to be easy to recognise with their red t-shirts and signs.

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