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

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 Monday
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Foreign ministry advises against all travel to the UK

The Danish foreign ministry is now advising against all travel to the United Kingdom in an effort to reduce a mutated, faster-spreading variant of Covid-19.

Additionally, all flight passengers from the UK must now provide documentation of a negative Covid-19 test less than 24 hours old before travelling to Denmark.

All foreign nationals who live in the UK (including British citizens) are still banned from entering Denmark, a continuation of rules introduced in December. Brits who reside in Denmark and Danes who live in the UK are allowed to travel if they show a negative test at the time of travel, as outlined above.

We’ll have full detail of this in a separate article today.

Contagious variant spreading in Denmark

The more contagious variant of Covid-19 first reported in the United Kingdom is spreading rapidly in Denmark, reports newspaper Dagbladet Information – which has gone with the terms “English virus variant” and “English corona mutation” in its headline and article.

National infectious disease agency State Serum Institute (SSI) issued on Saturday a status report on the spread in Denmark of the variant, which has the technical name of cluster B.1.1.7.

The variant has been detected in 86 cases of Covid-19 infection in Denmark, but the actual number may be as much as ten times greater.

The proportion of genetically sequenced Covid-19 test samples in which B.1.1.7 was detected increased to 2.3 percent of all sequenced tests in the last week of 2020, according to SSI.

“It looks like there is actual societal spread (of the variant) in Denmark rather than isolated travel-related cases,” professor and researcher in virus infections and epidemics Thea Kølsen Fischer told Information.

Back to school, but staying at home

The end of the Christmas holidays means that Denmark’s schoolchildren return to classes today. They will attend from home under the rules of the country’s now-extended national lockdown.

The situation is likely to be particularly challenging for families with young children who must combine working from home with facilitating their kids’ learning.

National broadcaster DR has a report today on how parents, children and teachers are facing up to the prospect of a new spell of home learning, and its potential longer-term consequences.

“Our motivation at school is relatively low at the moment,” the head of the Danish association for headteachers Claus Hjordal said to DR.

In April 2020, Denmark was the first country in Europe to re-open its schools after locking down due to Covid-19.

Politicians to discuss vaccine at meeting

Health spokespersons from the parliamentary parties are scheduled to meet with health minister Magnus Heunicke today to discuss topics including vaccination against Covid-19 and the more contagious variant which has spread in the UK, according to DR.

The exact agenda for the meeting is unclear, as is the government’s thinking with regard to potential new measures against the virus, the broadcaster reports.

Danish vocabulary

  • Fjernundervisning – remote classes
  • Forholdsvis – relatively
  • Bopæl – (place of) residence
  • Smitsom – contagious

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

Police give more details on the Copenhagen shooting, SAS negotiations could end today and cooler summer weather are among the main stories in Denmark this Monday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

Copenhagen shooting suspect known to mental health services 

Police in Denmark have confirmed the gunman who killed three people and wounded several others in a shooting at the Field’s mall in Copenhagen on Sunday, was known to mental health services. Police said they believe he acted alone and there was no sign of terrorism.

The three killed have been identified as a Danish woman and man, both aged 17, and a 47-year-old Russian citizen residing in Denmark.

Another four were injured in the shooting: two Danish women, aged 19 and 40, and two Swedish citizens, a 50-year-old man and a 16-year-old woman.

Field’s shopping mall won’t open until at least next Monday, according to its website. Most roads have now opened, apart from the area right around Field’s and the shopping mall car park.

Trains and the metro are also running as usual to and from Ørestad Station, which is located at Field’s.

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SAS negotiations deadline today

SAS hope to find a solution in their negotiations with the airline’s pilots about their salary and working conditions by midday today. Talks resumed on Sunday morning before the extended deadline of midday on Monday. If an agreement can’t be reached, it could mean that up to a thousand pilots will go on strike.

The pilots are employed by SAS’s parent company, SAS Scandinavia, and have announced strike action because they are not satisfied with their salary and working conditions at SAS.

In addition, the pilots are dissatisfied with the fact that instead of re-employing old SAS pilots, priority is given to hiring new pilots on cheaper agreements in the two subsidiaries SAS Link and SAS Connect.

On Saturday morning, when the parties stated that they would continue the negotiations up until and including Monday at 12 noon, there was hope of being able to land an agreement.

People in Denmark can save millions of litres of petrol with more bike rides

People living in Denmark are known for their love of cycling but it is hoped the Tour de France will encourage even more people to choose their bike over their car.

Calculations from DI Transport show that if people in Denmark started cycling 10 percent more instead of using the car, then 7.7 million litres of petrol and 4.8 million litres of diesel could be saved each year.

“If you replace the car with the bike, it is just a win-win on all fronts. You save petrol costs and get more exercise, and at the same time you help the climate and reduce congestion on the roads”, Karsten Lauritzen, industry director at DI Transport said.

Cool summer weather coming Denmark’s way

Although Monday starts with sunshine, it will quickly turn to cloud with some rain, according to the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI).

Monday’s temperatures will vary between 17 and 20 degrees. It’s a similar picture for the rest of the week, with DMI forecasting cooler temperatures and showers. Thursday is predicted to be the warmest day of the week, where temperatures may reach over 20 degrees but with some rain.

“It is not exactly the best beach weather if you are on a west-facing coast”, according to Bolette Brødsgaard from DMI, due to the strong westerly winds from Wednesday onwards. However she adds that “every day it will be possible to get something good out of the weather – it is after all summer. It’s just a matter of finding a shelter or keeping an eye on the radar when it rains.”

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