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

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

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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