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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
Cars at the Germany-Denmark border on January 11th. Photo: Frank Cilius/Ritzau Scanpix

Nine arrested after anti-lockdown demos

At least nine people were arrested over the weekend following demonstrations in Copenhagen and Aalborg against Covid-19 restrictions.

Protestors numbered up to 250 in the capital and were under 100 in Aalborg, according to police reports.

The protests have been linked to football hooligan groups. Here’s our report.

All flight passengers to Denmark must test negative for Covid-19

This story first broke on Friday evening but is important enough to include in our weekday roundup. People travelling to Denmark must now provide a negative Covid-19 test no older than 24 hoursold before boarding flights. The rule has already come into effect.

Additionally, the government is now advising against all travel abroad from Denmark.

Here’s that story in full.

At land (and bridge and harbour) borders with Germany and Sweden, police will increase spot checks to ensure the rule is complied with. According to broadcaster DR, Danish citizens and foreign residents of Denmark will not be required to show a negative test at the borders.

Lockdown set to continue beyond January 17th

The current national coronavirus lockdown in Denmark is scheduled to expire at the end of this week, but it is almost certain to be extended, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has said.

It is “not very likely that we will lift either all restrictions or parts of the restrictions,” the PM said according to DR.

Restrictions should be expected for the entire winter, she also said.

First 5,000 Moderna vaccines to be used in south of country

Denmark’s Covid-19 vaccine effort began on December 27th with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, the first to be approved for use in the EU. The first 5,000 doses from Moderna company are scheduled to arrive in Denmark on Tuesday after the company’s vaccine was last week approved by the European Medicines Agency.

Given the limited initial supply, the first round Moderna doses will be used only in the South Denmark health authority, Ritzau reports.

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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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