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

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Friday
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Find out what's going on in Denmark today with The Local's short round-up of the news in less than five minutes.

Over 4,000 Covid-19 infections in one day

This has been a rough week in Denmark’s battle against the coronavirus, with a partial lockdown barely extended to the entire country before the government decided those restrictions didn’t go far enough and decided on a stronger national lockdown, which will be fully in force by Christmas Day.

Denmark again reported a record number of new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday, exceeding 4,000 cases in a day for the first time. 4,034 cases were detected from 124,707 tests.

The number of hospitalised Covid-19 patients increased on Thursday by 23 to 516. That is just short of the peak hospitalisation total from the spring wave of the virus, which stood at 535 on April 1st.

But vaccination likely to begin this month

On the more hopeful side, Denmark could begin vaccinating vulnerable people and front-line health sector workers shortly after Christmas.

“Things are moving extremely fast. We hope for an approval within just a few days and if everything goes well, we'll be underway with vaccination shortly after that,” Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said yesterday.

The first vaccines are already en route to Denmark in anticipation of approval by the European Medicines Agency.

Visiting restrictions eased for elderly care homes

Senior citizens living in care homes have had to deal with more hardship and isolation than most, not least during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Ministry of Health has announced that rules for visiting care homes are to be adjusted so that elderly people can have more visitors at their own accommodation.

Under previous rules, elderly people have been restricted to visits from their next of kin in their own accommodation and up to two close relatives in common rooms at care homes.

They will now be allowed two visitors in their own rooms, in an effort to make the visits more enjoyable, the ministry said.

Danish word of the year to be announced

Dansk Sprognævn, the regulatory council for the Danish language, is to announce its word of the year today.

You wouldn’t bet against it being pandemic-related, given that albuehilsen (elbow greeting), superspreder (superspreader) and social distancering (social distancing) have all been added to the reference book of new Danish words this year.

Previous Danish words of the year include post-truth and flygtningestrømme (refugee flow).

Danish vocabulary:

  • Pårørende: relatives, loved ones, closest family and friends
  • Besøg: visit (noun)
  • Nævn: regulatory board, committee

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