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

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Monday
A rare image of sun in Denmark this December. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/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.

Quick Covid-19 tests to be used more prominently

People who want a quick result for their coronavirus test will so have broader options for a so-called fast test (lyntest) within the Danish health service.

The tests, which give a result the same day but are less accurate than the standard PCR Covid-19 tests, are likely to be offered more widely with healthy authorities currently negotiating with private suppliers.

That will increase Denmark’s testing capacity, but the public has been advised to take a cautious approach with the tests, which can give false negative (but not false positive) results. They are considered useful for identifying clusters of infections, but not ideal for ascertaining a person is infection-free before, for example, visiting an elderly relative.

Denmark registered an average of around 3,500 new cases of Covid-19 per day nationally over the weekend.

Hospital staff want non-essential procedures delayed

390 people are currently hospitalised in Denmark with Covid-19. The number is beginning to approach the peak for hospitalisations with the virus in the spring, when it exceeded 500.

Hospital staff are now feeling the strain of the large number of Covid-19 inpatients, Politiken reports, and unions for doctors and nurses have called for non-emergency procedures to be delayed – as they were in the spring.

Suspect goes AWOL in reckless driving trial

A man charged with causing death by dangerous driving in an accident on central Copenhagen bridge Langebro last year has not shown up for his trial.

The manslaughter trial was scheduled to begin on December 1st, but the suspect sent documentation to say he was abroad and also had coronavirus symptoms, Ritzau reports. The documentation was not sufficient for the court to approve his absence.

He is now on an international wanted list and police have been unable to arrest him, according to the report.

The prosecution has said the man was driving at 108 kilometres per hour when the accident occurred on July 23rd last year. A police officer was killed in the incident.

Weather update

Denmark has reportedly only seen one hour of sun this month – although that’s an hour more than they’ve had in Sweden.

The dull weather is expected to continue with cloudy skies and showers. Temperatures will range from 4 to 8 degrees Celsius with a light to moderate easterly or southeasterly wind.

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