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

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 Wednesday
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Covid-19 lockdown extended to entire country

The government has announced that the partial lockdown currently in effect in 69 municipalities will apply to the entire country from 4pm today. High infection rates and increasing hospitalisations were cited as reasons for the decision.

The situation is particularly serious in Copenhagen, where the infection rate is currently 822.1 per 100,000 residents.

Read our report in full here, including details of the partial lockdown rules, and more here on how the lockdown can affect Christmas plans.

One in three Danes still unsure about vaccine

A third of all people responding to a new survey in Denmark said they were either unsure or did not want to be given a Covid-19 vaccine once it is available in the country.

16 percent said they did not want to be vaccinated, while 20 percent said they were unsure. Those numbers are similar to a previous poll from September. The polls were conducted by Epinion on behalf of broadcaster DR.

Greater Copenhagen region to postpone non-emergency procedures

The health authority for the greater Copenhagen region, Region Hovedstaden, is to postpone up to 40 percent of non-acute investigations and treatments, Ritzau reports. That follows a similar announcement by the Central Jutland region, which has postponed 400 non-acute procedures between now and January.

The postponements come as hospitals look to ensure enough capacity for the increasing number of coronavirus admissions. Individual hospitals in the capital region will make the call on the extent of postponements, depending on the number of coronavirus patients they have as well as staff shortages.

Nationally, 439 people are currently admitted to hospital with the coronavirus. During the spring wave, that figure peaked at just over 500.

Parliament agrees on deal for police funding

A cross-aisle political majority has backed a deal to fund the Danish police in the coming years. The funding provides for 450 new officers and new weapons, justice minister Nick Hækkerup said as the deal was announced.

The parliamentary agreement gives political framework for the police and prosecution service in Denmark and was overdue, having originally been scheduled for completion last year.

READ ALSO: Why is Denmark's police asking for new service weapons?

Danish vocabulary:

  • Tvivl: doubt
  • Forlig: Settlement, compromise, agreement (political, legal)
  • At udskyde: to postpone

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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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