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

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Tuesday
Rain over the Danish west coast. Photo: John Randeris/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.

Major job losses at telecommunications company

Telecommunications company TDC is to let up to 500 staff go, Finans reports. The company, Denmark’s largest telecommunications firm, previously fired 150 people earlier this year.

The job losses are related to outgoing “tasks and products”, a source from the company said. That is despite an increase in the use of telecommunications products during the coronavirus pandemic.

West Jutland residents to be mass tested for Covid-19

Up to 115,000 people living in the West Jutland regions of Holstebro and Ringkøbing-Skjern have been asked to take a Covid-19 test in the coming weeks and keep social contacts to a minimum, the government announced yesterday afternoon.

A number of confirmed cases in people who have worked on mink fur farms in the region are the reason for the local measures.

You can read more on this story here.

Health minister knew of threat from mink mutation in September

Newspaper Information is reporting a story that has the potential to throw the government even further into the mire over its response to coronavirus outbreaks and mutations amongst fur farm mink.

According to the report, health minister Magnus Heunicke was aware as early as September 22nd that mutations of the coronavirus in mink could be a concern in relation to potential vaccines. Former agriculture minister Mogens Jensen, who resigned last week, was criticised for taking too long to react to the potential threat.

The culling of all minks in the country was announced on November 4th.

READ ALSO: Danish corona mink mutation 'most likely eradicated'

Driving license now available in digital form

It is now possible to download Denmark’s driving license app, so you can carry you license on your mobile device.

Under Danish traffic laws, motorists must have their driving licenses with them while driving, but the digital option will mean it’s no longer necessary to carry a physical card.

We’ll have full details on this in an article later today.

Danish vocabulary:

  • Kørekort: Driving license
  • At tilbagehold: to withhold
  • Værdi: value



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