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Find out what's going on in Denmark today with The Local's short round-up of the news in less than five minutes.

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Wednesday
Denmark could begin its Covid-19 vaccination programme in January, the health minister has said. Photo: Justin Tallis/AFP/Ritzau Scanpix

Mass-testing of young people to start in effort to curb Covid-19

New coronavirus measures were announced by the government yesterday evening.

The measures, which are mainly focused on the greater Copenhagen area, include asking all people aged 17-25 in the capital region to get tested for Covid-19.

Those tests will be offered from today, beginning in the Brøndby and Ishøj municipalities.

Read more about the new measures here.

Two ministers to attend parliamentary hearing over buried mink

Denmark’s mass culling of minks due to concerns about a coronavirus mutation took a gruesome turn last week when cadavers of the animals re-emerged from the earth at one of the hastily-arranged burial sites provided by authorities.

New agriculture minister Rasmus Prehn and environment minister Lea Wermelin are scheduled to face questions over the issue from other party representatives at a parliamentary hearing today.

READ ALSO: Denmark considers exhuming mink carcasses

Brothers given 14-year sentence for Bornholm murder

Two brothers have been sentenced to 14 years in prison for brutally beating to death a 28-year-old man, whom they knew, in a forest on Baltic Sea island Bornholm this summer.

The brothers have appealed the verdict, hoping to have it reduced. In the trial, they admitted gross violence but denied they intended to kill.

The case became an international story in the summer when the New York Times reported it, pointing out that the victim was Black and authorities' insistence the incident was not a hate crime.

This drew a response from fact checkers and prosecutors in Denmark, who denied a racist motive, and the trial revolved around the personal relationship between the victim and his killers. In court, the brothers said they beat the victim because they believed he had sexually assaulted their mother.

New survey shows high level of support for Covid-19 vaccine in Denmark

Tabloid BT reports a new study from Aarhus University in which 78 percent of Danes asked said they want to be vaccinated against Covid-19, the highest level of backing for the vaccination in eight Western countries included in the survey. Comparisons include 63 percent in Germany and 53 percent in Sweden.

But that does not mean there are no sceptics in Denmark – including one whose thoughts are reported in detail by the paper.

Danish vocabulary:

  • Landbrug: agriculture
  • Skepsis: scepticism
  • Holdning: opinion, viewpoint

 

 

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

Three million Danes 'underdosed' with original Covid vaccine, the energy company shutting down its phone lines, and a Dane at the US January 6th hearings are among the top news stories in Denmark on Monday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

Three million Danes ‘underdosed’ with Covid vaccine 

An investigation by broadcaster DR has revealed that three million people vaccinated for Covid-19 in Denmark between May 2021 and May 2022 didn’t receive a full dose. 

Despite repeated warnings by the State Serum Institute, Denmark’s infectious disease agency, the Danish Health Authority instructed vaccination sites to draw an extra dose from vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. That means people received ten percent less than the dose approved by the European Medicines Agency, according to an experiment by the Danish Technological Institute. 

Studies as to whether people who received an underdose were more likely to catch Covid-19 or suffer serious outcomes are ongoing. 

READ MORE: Covid-19: Danish authorities ‘not concerned’ after new subvariant detected

Danish energy provider, overwhelmed by calls, closes phone lines 

If you’ve been struggling to get through to Andel Energi with a question about your bill, you’re in good company — under a deluge of calls, the company has taken to closing its phone lines when the queue becomes too long. 

“We’re geared up to answer 4,500 customers a day, but at the moment we’re getting over 2,000 calls an hour,” Rasmus Avnskjold, Andel Energi’s press officer, tells newswire Ritzau. 

The phone lines open as normal every morning, Avnskjold explains. Most callers are given the opportunity to request a ‘callback’ when a representative is available so they don’t spend hours on hold, and when that queue stretches past what Andel Energi figures they can handle in a day the line is closed. Customers are asked to call back the following day. 

The deluge of calls is due in no small part to the winter aid package passed by Parliament — it’s up to companies to administer the ‘price freeze’ scheme mandated by the government, which will allow customers to pay excess bills back over the next several years. 

READ MORE: How much will electricity tax cut save bill payers in Denmark? 

Danish documentarian will be questioned by US January 6th Committee

Denmark will have a brief cameo in the United States’ investigation of the storming of Congress on January 6th, 2021. 

Christoffer Guldbrandsen, a Danish journalist and documentarian, will share video and testify as to what happened at the Willard Hotel in D.C., where top Trump advisors gathered in the days before the attack. Guldbrandsen has followed Roger Stone, the longtime conservative political consultant and Trump advisor who was convicted of obstruction of justice in the Mueller probe, for two years. 

Guldbrandsen is set to appear before the Committee on Wednesday. 

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