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

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 Thursday
The new partial lockdown will see home working again increase in Denmark. File photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix

Face mask requirement extended until March

In keeping with the extension of national Covid-19 restrictions announced on Monday, the Danish transport ministry has confirmed that the mandatory use of facemasks on all public transport in Denmark will remain in place until March 1st next year.

“We have a large increase in infections right now, and the next few months of winter will need us to be extra careful,” transport minister Benny Engelbrecht said.

Compensation for lockdown-hit businesses under negotiation

Restaurants, cafés, bars and amusement parks are among businesses now closed or impacted by the lockdown in 38 Danish municipalities.

The ministry employment is continuing negotiations over compensation to businesses hit by the new lockdown. An agreement is expected to be reached today, according to broadcaster DR.

New high in daily infection numbers

As if to reinforce the urgency of the current Covid-19 situation in Denmark, yesterday, the first day of the partial lockdown, saw an all-time record high for daily infections, by quite some distance (although it should be noted that fewer people were tested during the spring wave).

2,558 new cases of the coronavirus were registered on Wednesday from 91,417 tests – the third-highest number of tests Denmark has ever carried out in one day.

The test positivity rate is 2.8 percent, notably higher than it was in November. Covid-19 inpatients in Denmark currently number 349, which is still lower than the spring peak, which was over 500. But the current figure is expected to rise.

Denmark charges Russian with spying for Moscow

Danish prosecutors said yesterday they were to charge a Russian citizen resident in Denmark with spying for Moscow's intelligence service, passing on energy technology secrets in particular.

You can read our report on that here.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

Police give more details on the Copenhagen shooting, SAS negotiations could end today and cooler summer weather are among the main stories in Denmark this Monday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

Copenhagen shooting suspect known to mental health services 

Police in Denmark have confirmed the gunman who killed three people and wounded several others in a shooting at the Field’s mall in Copenhagen on Sunday, was known to mental health services. Police said they believe he acted alone and there was no sign of terrorism.

The three killed have been identified as a Danish woman and man, both aged 17, and a 47-year-old Russian citizen residing in Denmark.

Another four were injured in the shooting: two Danish women, aged 19 and 40, and two Swedish citizens, a 50-year-old man and a 16-year-old woman.

Field’s shopping mall won’t open until at least next Monday, according to its website. Most roads have now opened, apart from the area right around Field’s and the shopping mall car park.

Trains and the metro are also running as usual to and from Ørestad Station, which is located at Field’s.


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SAS negotiations deadline today

SAS hope to find a solution in their negotiations with the airline’s pilots about their salary and working conditions by midday today. Talks resumed on Sunday morning before the extended deadline of midday on Monday. If an agreement can’t be reached, it could mean that up to a thousand pilots will go on strike.

The pilots are employed by SAS’s parent company, SAS Scandinavia, and have announced strike action because they are not satisfied with their salary and working conditions at SAS.

In addition, the pilots are dissatisfied with the fact that instead of re-employing old SAS pilots, priority is given to hiring new pilots on cheaper agreements in the two subsidiaries SAS Link and SAS Connect.

On Saturday morning, when the parties stated that they would continue the negotiations up until and including Monday at 12 noon, there was hope of being able to land an agreement.

People in Denmark can save millions of litres of petrol with more bike rides

People living in Denmark are known for their love of cycling but it is hoped the Tour de France will encourage even more people to choose their bike over their car.

Calculations from DI Transport show that if people in Denmark started cycling 10 percent more instead of using the car, then 7.7 million litres of petrol and 4.8 million litres of diesel could be saved each year.

“If you replace the car with the bike, it is just a win-win on all fronts. You save petrol costs and get more exercise, and at the same time you help the climate and reduce congestion on the roads”, Karsten Lauritzen, industry director at DI Transport said.

Cool summer weather coming Denmark’s way

Although Monday starts with sunshine, it will quickly turn to cloud with some rain, according to the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI).

Monday’s temperatures will vary between 17 and 20 degrees. It’s a similar picture for the rest of the week, with DMI forecasting cooler temperatures and showers. Thursday is predicted to be the warmest day of the week, where temperatures may reach over 20 degrees but with some rain.

“It is not exactly the best beach weather if you are on a west-facing coast”, according to Bolette Brødsgaard from DMI, due to the strong westerly winds from Wednesday onwards. However she adds that “every day it will be possible to get something good out of the weather – it is after all summer. It’s just a matter of finding a shelter or keeping an eye on the radar when it rains.”