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

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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