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

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Thursday
The Queen's residence, Amalienborg, with the Marble Church in the background. Photo: Ida Marie Odgaard/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.

Prime Minister to visit with Queen over ministerial change

PM Mette Frederiksen will today visit Queen Margrethe to ‘present changes to the government’, as is the custom when one or more ministers are replaced.

Agriculture minister Mogens Jensen stepped down from his position yesterday after his handling of a mink cull received broad criticism in parliament.

Denmark is currently in the process of culling all fur farm minks in the country after mutated forms of coronavirus were detected in the animals, but the initial order to destroy the minks was not legal.

The identity of Jensen’s replacement is so far unknown.

Low-cost airline Norwegian on the brink

Europe's third-biggest low-cost airline Norwegian, which prior to the Covid-19 epidemic operated a large number of routes from Denmark, filed for bankruptcy protection in Ireland yesterday afternoon for two of its main subsidiaries.

Already saddled in debt before the pandemic, the company, like the rest of the airline industry, has been hit hard by the economic consequences of the coronavirus.

Results published from Danish study on effect Covid-19 infection risk for wearers of face masks

A major Danish study has found face masks give no clear protection from Covid-19 infection to the wearer.

It is important to note, however, that the study looked exclusively at the protective effects of masks for the wearer, and not at the wearer's ability to protect others.

As such, the study cannot be used to draw conclusions on the general merits of using face masks as an effective preventative measure against Covid-19 infection, the researchers behind the study said in a statement released by Rigshospitalet.

You can read our report on the study here.

Foreign ministry committee to attend extraordinary meeting

Parliament’s foreign policy committee (Udenrigspolitisk Nævn) is to attend an extraordinary meeting today.

No ministers sit on the committee usually, but foreign minister Jeppe Kofod and justice minister Nick Hækkerup are both expected to attend today’s meeting, DR reports.

“Orientation on border restrictions and travel guidelines” is the sole point on the agenda, according to the broadcaster.

Denmark’s foreign ministry regularly updates its foreign travel recommendations on Thursdays. We’ll report any major changes or announcements as we get them.

Danish vocabulary:

  • Ændringer: changes
  • Konkurs: bankrupt, insolvent
  • Forskning: (scientific) research
  • At beskytte: to protect

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