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

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Friday
Tivoli during the 2013 Christmas season. Photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix
Find out what's going on in Denmark today with The Local's short round-up of the news in less than five minutes.

UK extends virus travel ban on Denmark for 14 days

The United Kingdom has extended its travel ban on Denmark to stop the spread of coronavirus for a further 14 days, London announced on Thursday.

The strict measures were first announced by the UK on November 7th in response to the threat from a mutated version of Covid-19 found in humans and linked to mink farms.

We’ll have an article on our website shortly with further information.

Still no agreement over mink farmers’ compensation

The government has still not reached agreement in parliament over an emergency law that would compensate fur farm owners, DR reports.

Denmark decided to cull all its fur farm mink and close down part of North Jutland last week in response to the mutated form of coronavirus detected in mink at some farms in the country.

READ ALSO: Danish mink coronavirus data 'do not support' fears over reduced vaccine effects

Doctors sceptical over new Danish epidemic law

The parliamentary hearing period for a proposed new law giving the government extended powers to respond to epidemics expires today.

According to a report by broadcaster DR, doctors have voiced concerns about the length to which the law would give government extended authority over areas like medical examinations, quarantine, hospitalisation and vaccinations, in the event of a future epidemic or pandemic.

The end of the hearing period means that other parties have been able to study the proposed law and raise their own concerns or request concessions in order to vote it through parliament, so the final version of the proposed law will be somewhat different from the one currently in circulation.

You can read the proposed law in full (in Danish) on the government website, and we’ll have our own explainer of it in an article later today – keep an eye on our homepage.

READ ALSO: Could mink coronavirus outbreak damage Denmark's international reputation?

Belgium arrests Danish activists plotting Quran burning

Five Danish far-right activists suspected of planning to provoke Muslims in Belgium by burning a Quran have been arrested and ordered out of the country, news wire AFP reports. The individuals have been connected to extremist right wing activist Rasmus Paludan’s political party, Stram Kurs.

We’ll have a report on our website later this morning.

Tivoli opens for Christmas season

There are few sights in Denmark that get the Christmas spirit flowing better than a fully decorated and lit-up festive Tivoli, and I’ll take a bit of extra seasonal cheer wherever I can find it this year.

The iconic Copenhagen amusement park is set to open its doors for the winter season today. Even winter wonderlands will have Covid-19 guidelines this year, and that means guests will have to book their visits in advance in order to enter.

Extra staff will also be present to ensure social distancing and other anti-virus measures. Tivoli’s Christmas season runs from today until January 3rd.

Danish vocabulary:

  • Vidtrækkende: far-reaching
  • At genoptage: to resume
  • Julestemning: Christmas spirit, Christmas vibes
  • Indrejseforbud: entry ban (to country)

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