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A drone image of Gyrstinge near Ringsted on Thursday. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Wage compensation extended until February 7th

The current wage compensation scheme for businesses shuttered by the national Covid-19 lockdown has been extended until February 7th, the date at which restrictions are set to expire.

The extension was confirmed by the government and industry organisations and reported by DR.

Under the terms of the scheme, which is eligible for any impacted sector, firms can send staff home with up to 75-90 percent of their wages covered by the state up to a cost of 30,000 kroner per month.

Employees will, however, be asked to use one day of their annual leave.

READ ALSO: Denmark announces support package for lockdown-hit restaurants

Covid-19 crisis has minimal impact on housing market

New figures from Statistics Denmark suggest the Danish housing market is continuing to hold its prices despite the ongoing pandemic with all of its economic implications.

Record numbers of family homes were sold between April and October last year, according to the agency – around 37,000 homes.

Sales of summer holiday homes also increased “extremely by 90 percent”, while apartments “having also been at a towering level”, Statistics Denmark clerk Jakob Holmgaard said in comments to broadcaster DR.

Elderly people struggle to use Covid-19 vaccine booking system

Some vaccination centres in Denmark are struggling to use all of their supplied Covid-19 vaccine doses, which are currently designated for people over the age of 65 who receive living assistance at home.

According to DR, many vulnerable people in this group are struggling to use the booking platform for the vaccination programme, vacciner.dk.

“The elderly have difficulty understanding the booking system,” senior medical consultant Bent Windelborg Nielsen at the Randers vaccination centre told DR.

Around 80 percent of vaccines are being administered to the target group, while the rest are being given to frontline staff to avoid wastage, according to the report.

Loose container on Great Belt Bridge raises concerns and evokes painful memories

Transport of truck trailers loaded onto freight trains crossing the Great Belt Bridge has been suspended after a loose container was reported on a DB Cargo train on the bridge.

The incident occurred on Wednesday, when a member of the public spotted a loose truck container on the bridge and contacted police.

The train was stopped on the Funen side of the bridge and the Danish Maritime Investigation Board (Havarikommissionen) subsequently confirmed an empty container had been secured incorrectly.

The incident brings back painful memories of a train crash on the Great Belt Bridge almost exactly two years ago. That accident, which caused eight deaths, was caused by a poorly-attached container.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

A new Nord Stream leak, a protest against Qatar on the national team’s World Cup kit, and other news stories in Denmark on Thursday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

Fourth leak detected at Nord Stream pipelines in Baltic Sea

A fourth leak has been detected in undersea pipelines running from Russia to Europe, the Swedish Coast Guard said this morning, after explosions were reported earlier this week in suspected sabotage.

“There are two leaks on the Swedish side and two leaks on the Danish side,” a Swedish Coast Guard official said. Media reported that the latest leak was detected at the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, but the coast guard did not confirm this.

The official added that the two leaks on the Swedish side are “close to each other”.

We’ll have a full report on this on our website this morning.

READ ALSO: Who is behind the Nord Stream Baltic pipeline attack?

More than half of Nord Stream gas has escaped from pipes

Danish officials said yesterday – prior to the discovery of a fourth leak – that more than half of the gas in the Nord Stream pipelines in the Baltic Sea had leaked into the atmosphere after they were damaged.

“A clear majority of the gas has already come out of the pipes,” head of the Danish Energy Agency, Kristoffer Böttzauw, told a press conference.

“We expect the rest to escape by Sunday,” he added.

Defence Minister Morten Bødskov said Wednesday morning that, due to pressure of the gas leaking out, it would take “one or two weeks” before inspections of the damaged structures could begin.

Hummel tones down logo on Denmark’s Qatar World Cup kit

Denmark will wear a “toned down” kit at this year’s World Cup in protest at Qatar’s human rights record, sportswear maker Hummel said Wednesday, setting off a furious response from the Gulf state.

Qatar’s organising committee accused Hummel of “trivialising” the country’s efforts to improve conditions for migrant workers and called on the Danish federation to intervene.

The logo of the Danish sportswear brand and the Danish national badge are both barely visible on the shirts designed for the World Cup that starts on November 20th.

Several competing nations and rights groups have criticised Qatar’s rights record and FIFA for allowing the event to be held in the conservative Muslim state where homosexuality is illegal.

“We support the Danish national team all the way, but that isn’t the same as supporting Qatar as a host nation,” Hummel said in a social media post.

Age charity wants foreign education programmes to bring in workers

Age concern charity DanAge (Ældre Sagen) wants Danish social care education programmes to be opened in foreign countries to address the chronic labour shortage suffered by the sector.

Danish welfare courses that take place abroad are a potential solution to the problem, the CEO of Ældre Sagen, Bjarne Hastrup, told newspaper Berlingske. Germany, Spain, India and the Phillippines are potential locations according to the charity.

“And my question to politicians would be: ‘If you’re not going to do this, what are you going to do?’,” he said.

The charity is scheduled to host a debate between the political party leaders, which will be televised by broadcaster DR this morning.

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