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

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the latest news on Monday
Find out what's going on in Denmark today with The Local's short roundup of the news in less than five minutes.

Flights to and from Italy grounded due to air traffic controller strike 

As many as 600 SAS airlines passengers who planned to travel between Italy and Denmark on Monday will be rebooked, Danish news agency Ritzau reports. 

Four SAS arrivals and departures and two from Ryanair at Copenhagen airport have been cancelled as a result of the strike in Italy, in which air traffic controllers are off the clock from 8 am to 8 pm. 

“We rebook everyone, but it is difficult,”  Alexandra Lindgren, SAS’s spokesperson in Denmark, told Ritzau. “It may take some time.” Affected SAS passengers should expect regular updates by text and email and don’t need to reach out to the airline. 

This follows last Thursday’s baggage handlers’ strike at Copenhagen airport, in which workers protested for more control over scheduling. 

Half of Denmark fully vaccinated  

As of Sunday, 50 percent of the Danish population is fully vaccinated for Covid-19, the Ministry of Health tweeted. Zealand, the region in which Copenhagen is located, leads the pack at a rate of 54.4 percent. 

Recent decisions have opened vaccinations to Danes 12-15 years of age (around a third of whom have already signed up for their jabs) as well as people who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Over 2,939,901 residents are now protected from the coronavirus, according to Ministry of Health data. 

READ MORE:One in three children in Denmark accept Covid-19 vaccine invitation

While it’s a proud benchmark, there’s still substantial progress to be made before public health officials will feel comfortable. 

“We must ensure that 85 percent of the population is fully vaccinated against corona before it is autumn,” said Viggo Andreasen, an associate professor at Roskilde University and researcher on mathematical epidemiology. “It cannot completely give us herd immunity to the Delta variant – it’s so contagious.” 

“But it will be able to prevent major epidemics,” Andreasen added. 

Sunday was the eighth consecutive day without a Covid-related death in Denmark. Across the country, 59 people are hospitalised with the virus, 10 of whom are in intensive care and six on respirators. 

READ MORE: Denmark to change Covid-19 vaccination guidelines for pregnant and breastfeeding women

More restrictions for Danes traveling to Germany 

Due to the recent uptick in Covid cases, the German government has re-categorised Denmark as a risk area for infection. 

Danish residents entering Germany will now need to present proof of vaccination, previous infection, or a negative test, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website. The Danish coronapas will do the trick. 

You’ll also need to register online, at www.einreiseanmeldung.de, before you’ll be allowed entry. 

German tourists returning home after ten or more days in Denmark must register online as well. Germans will need to present their vaccine certificated, proof of previous infection, or a recent test (less than 48 hours old for rapid tests and 72 hours for PCR tests). 


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