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

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 Friday
Both sides of the Little Belt Bridge will come under partial lockdown on Friday. Photo: Frank Cilius/Ritzau Scanpix

Partial lockdown extended to 80 percent of population

As we reported yesterday, the partial lockdown which took effect on Wednesday has now been extended. From 4pm today, all of Central Jutland and Zealand will be under tight Covid-19 restrictions, as will some areas outside those two regions including Aalborg, Vejle, Fredericia and Middelfart along with already-locked-down Odense. Around 80 percent of the population now comes under the restrictions.

Click here for a map showing the 69 municipalities which will be under partial lockdown from Friday, and here for an outline of the rules.

READ ALSO: How will Denmark's partial lockdown affect Christmas celebrations?

Travel guidelines to be updated

The Danish foreign ministry regularly updates its coronavirus-related travel guidance at this time of the week (the day has been changed from Thursday to Friday).

A recent announcement that foreign travel guidelines will now be applied regionally, rather than by country, is expected to take effect.

A change to a regional model has been strongly advocated by Denmark's tourism industry, but Covid-19 prevalence across the Europe is currently at such a level that the change to a regional model is unlikely to immediately impact travel in practice.

We’ll report any major changes that could affect our readers.

New rail connection to Aalborg Airport

People in northern city Aalborg can from now on – or once travel is possible again – get to the airport more conveniently.

In a time in which the air travel industry is under massive stress, an opening ceremony for a long-awaited rail connection between the city and airport is to take place today. The ceremony has been moved forward 24 hours so that it can be completed before Aalborg comes under lockdown, according to DR.

Mink scandal to be subject of full official enquiry

The government’s conduct in issuing an illegal directive to cull healthy mink is to be fully investigated in an official enquiry known in Danish as granskningskommission – literally, an investigative commission (linguistic digression: Danish usually uses the word undersøgelse when talking about an investigation, but in this case granskning, more common in Norwegian, has been deployed).

An enquiry of this type can only be initiated by a parliamentary majority – parties on both sides of the aisle support it. Witnesses can be called and the enquiry is likely to be completed some time next year.

Danish vocabulary:

  • Tilgang: approach, policy
  • Indvielse: opening ceremony
  • Granskningskommission: official enquiry

 

 

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

An agreement on a change to the pay limit scheme, Covid infection rates, and the latest on monkeypox are among the top headlines in Denmark this Thursday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

Parliament lowers salary required for pay limit scheme 

Yesterday evening, the Danish parliament agreed on a significant change to the pay limit scheme, which grants residence permits to foreign workers with job offers in Denmark above a yearly salary threshold. 

As of December 1st, salaries at or above 375,000 kroner will qualify for the scheme. (Based on today’s exchange rates, that’s the equivalent of $52,662, €50,394 and £43,355.)

It’s a 16 percent decrease from the current pay limit of 448,000, and the lowered threshold will exist on a trial basis for the next three years. 

The decision comes after months of political wrangling over the terms of the reduction. Supporters of the reform say the change is necessary to help alleviate soaring demand for labour in Denmark. 

Look out for a full report on this story on our website this morning.

READ ALSO: How can you get a work permit in Denmark if you are not an EU national? 

Serious illness stays low as Covid-19 case counts triple 

Since June 1st, positive PCR tests have nearly tripled in Denmark — and while hospital admissions for Covid patients have increased slightly, there hasn’t been a dramatic increase in serious illness from the virus, according to a press release from the National Board of Health. 

Health officials have kept a close eye on hospital admissions in light of BA.5., the new Omicron sub-variant that now accounts for the majority of cases in Denmark. Their analysis and studies in other countries suggest BA.5 does not cause more serious illness on a population level than previous variants. 

“We expect to look forward to a relatively calm summer, but we naturally keep an eye on whether there are changes in the infection situation,” Søren Brostrøm, director of the National Board of Health, told newswire Ritzau. 

Authorities earlier this week suggested the summer wave of infections is already waning.

What’s the status of monkeypox in Denmark? 

Two more cases of monkeypox were confirmed yesterday by the Ministry of Health, bringing the national tally to 18 since May 23rd. 

Officials have identified and vaccinated 22 close contacts to the known cases, the Ministry added. 

Since monkeypox can only be transmitted by touch when the characteristic rash with white blisters is already present, the risk to the population remains very low, scientists say. 

Thulesen Dahl leaves Danish People’s Party

Kristian Thulesen Dahl, former chairman and co-founder of the Danish People’s Party, has finally resigned after weeks of deliberation. His departure is the eleventh from the party in the past six months, leaving only five members in parliament. 

Thulesen Dahl says he will consider Inger Støjberg’s offer to join the Denmark Democrats, a new party currently gathering voter declarations to qualify for seats in parliament. 
READ ALSO: Danish People’s Party decimated by new high-profile departures 

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