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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
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Care homes complete first round of Covid-19 vaccination

All residents at elderly care homes in Denmark will have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine by today, provided they wish to receive it, national broadcaster DR reports this morning.

The country has already given at least one dose of the vaccine to around 1.09 percent of the population, according to recent data. That puts it at the front when comparing the speed of rollouts with other EU countries.

Social distance requirement increases to two metres

An increase in the minimum social distance required in public places increases today from one to two metres. The rule change was announced earlier this week, but takes full force today.

Specifically, the measure means that, in general, authorities now recommend a social distance of two metres, rather than one – in other words, it is not something that will be enforced, for example when out taking a walk.

However, supermarkets and other stores are affected, as they will have to reduce the maximum number of people allowed inside at any one time, in order to comply with the rule.

Zoos, amusement parks close

Outdoors attractions including zoos and amusement parks have been allowed to remain open under lockdown rules, provided they close off indoor areas. That changes from today.

The tightened restrictions announced earlier this week require the attractions to close entirely from today. Tivoli, Copenhagen’s famous fairground, makes no changes today, having made the decision to close weeks ago.

Hong Kong officials want Danish MPs to be arrested

In what would be a shocking encroachment on Danish sovereignty, pro-China officials in Hong Kong want to arrest two Danish politicians who helped a pro-democracy activist from Hong Kong to travel to Denmark, according to a report by newspaper Politiken.

The two politicians, Uffe Elbæk (Independent Greens) and Katarina Ammitzbøll (Conservative), helped pro-democracy activist Ted Hui to enter Denmark as he fled Hong Kong by giving him a false invitation to an environmental conference, covering his intentions to go into exile, according to the report.

The local, pro-China government in Hong Kong has confirmed it is looking into legal options against people in Denmark who helped Hui, who is now in the United Kingdom, to flee, Politiken writes.

Danish foreign minister Jeppe Kofod told the newspaper that “Danish politicians can and shall naturally meet with whoever they want, without fear of reprisals. The government utterly defends that right.”

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Everything you need to know about the Tour de France and the release of the inquiry into the 2020 mink scandal are Denmark's headline news this Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Tour de Denm—uh, France 

It’s an overcast day in Copenhagen for the Grand Départ, the official kickoff of the Tour de France, at 4 p.m. Don’t be fooled when the clouds briefly part midmorning — they’ll be back with a vengeance later this afternoon with the potential to drizzle on late finishers of the time trial (including frontrunner Tadej Podegar, who’s expected to finish about 7:10 p.m.). The Danish Meteorological Institute has put out a warning  for heavy rainfall and thunderstorms for the Copenhagen area from 6-11 p.m. 

A poncho would be in order if you’re planning to watch the riders in person today, and make contingency plans for any outdoor celebrations. 

READ ALSO: Five great spots to see the Tour de France in Denmark 

How to watch the trials 

Danish streaming platform TV2 will host coverage of the Tour, as will Discovery+ in Denmark. 

If you’re watching abroad, the United States offers a selection of streaming services — the USA channel will provide live coverage, through NBC, you’ve got Peacock (their proprietary streaming platform), and the NBC Sports app. 

In the UK, ITV4 and the ITV Hub streaming service are free to watch. 

How to get around in Copenhagen today 

Between street closures, sporadically-open pedestrian crossings, and throngs of fans, trying to get from point A to point B in downtown Copenhagen will be a challenge today. 

The Tour de France team has provided an interactive map (here’s the English version) to help you navigate, including information on those pedestrian crossings of the route, public toilets, and hydration stations (though with the rain, that might be redundant). 

READ ALSO: How will the Tour de France affect traffic and travel in Denmark? 

….and a harsh mink report for Mette Frederiksen 

If all this cycling news leaves you asking, ‘but what about the mink?’, you’ll be thrilled to learn the independent commission tasked with investigating government decisions surrounding the 2020 culling of millions of the weasel-like animals has released its final report. It’s a monster at almost 2,000 pages. 

The commission finds fault with prime minister Mette Frederiksen, who, they say, made “grossly misleading” statements about the legal basis of the mink cull at a November 2020 press conference. 

The report says 10 officials, largely department heads from the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of the Environment and Food, the National Police, and the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, should be held accountable. 

On the hot seat are Barbara Bertelsen, head of the prime minister’s department, and Mogens Jensen, former minister of food, agriculture, and fisheries.

The decision to cull the mink fell under Jensen’s purview and the commission found Jensen was aware the government had no legal authority and lied to parliament about it. Jensen resigned just two weeks after the decision was made. 

READ ALSO: Danish PM ‘grossly misled’ during mink announcement