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Dane dies in Norwegian diving accident

51-year-old died from decompression sickness while diving with three other Danes near Haakonsvern.

Dane dies in Norwegian diving accident
Norwegian rescue personnel near the scene of the accident. Photo: Ove Sjøstrøm/Scanpix
Four Danes were involved in a fatal diving accident off the western coast of Norway on Monday. 
 
While diving with three other Danes near Haakonsvern, a 51-year-old man lost his life due to decompression sickness.
 
“What happened is that the first two divers hopped in and began their dive. The third diver hopped in, but quickly returned to the surface. The remaining diver in the boat quickly realized that something was wrong with his friend and sounded the alarm,” Morten Kronen from the Hordaland Police, told TV2 News.
 
The Danish man was pulled to shore, but police and rescue personnel were unable to save his life. 
 
Norwegian police confirmed the death shortly after 3pm on Monday.
 
The Norwegian newspaper Bergens Tidende reported that the area where the Danes were diving is one of the most dangerous in Norway due to World War II era wreckage. 

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New Covid-19 cases make Denmark a banned country by own criteria

The infection rate in Denmark is now so high that if it were a foreign country, its residents would now be banned from entering Denmark for leisure purposes.

New Covid-19 cases make Denmark a banned country by own criteria
Tourists queue for a canal trip around central Copenhagen in mid-July. Photo: Ida Marie Odgaard/Ritzau Scanpix
According to the latest figures from SSI, the country's infectious disease agency, Denmark registered 3,486 new infections between September 1st and September 15th, bringing its weekly average to 30.02 infections per 100,000 citizens. 
 
Danish authorities ban tourists from countries where the number of new cases of infection per 100,000 exceeds 30 per week, and Danish residents are advised against travelling to them.
 
The Norwegian Institute of Public Health has already advised its government to put the last open regions of Denmark on its red list, meaning the entire country is likely to be off limits from  Saturday.   
 
 

According to the UK's Daily Telegraph, Denmark could be removed from the UK's quarantine-free travel list later today. 

 
At the same time, the Copenhagen capital region is now above the German travel threshold of 50 new infections per 100,000. 
 
“It's a huge challenge. We must really hope that we get a handle on the infection in Denmark,” Anders Rosbo, head of communications at the tourist organisation Visit Denmark, told state broadcaster DR
 
“If [the infection rate] develops so much that even Germany advises its citizens not to come up here, then it will be a major disaster.” 
 
German citizens accounted for a full third of the tourists visiting Copenhagen in July. 
 
Rosbo said that the agency had already stopped a marketing campaign in Norway and expected it would also have to pull the autumn campaign it had planned to launch in The Netherlands. 
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