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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
Stormy weather on the Danish west coast on Thursday. Photo: John Randeris/Ritzau Scanpix
Find out what's going on in Denmark today with The Local's short round-up of the news in less than five minutes.

Government pushed back over option for outside face masks

The government suggested on Thursday a new rule requiring the use of face masks in certain outside areas, but did not receive support from any of the other parties, broadcaster DR reports.

The proposal was not intended to be used immediately, but as an additional measure for use if considered necessary to reduce Covid-19 infections.

Justice minister Nick Hækkerup said that masks could be used outside in places “where people pass through and where you can see that people stand closely, and where face masks would be good”. But the other parties did not agree with the necessity of this, he said.

The government also raised the possibility of forcing people to isolate and be tested if they have been involved in larger gatherings to where infections are later traced. But this was also rejected by the other parties.

Significant drop in vaccine scepticism

The number of vaccine sceptics in Denmark is falling, according to a new study.

Almost nine out of ten people in Denmark said they would accept the offer to be vaccinated against Covid-19, according to figures from the HOPE project and reported by DR. The project studies opinions and behaviour in Denmark during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The reported figure of people who said they would accept a vaccine, 87 percent, is an 11 percent increase compared to last month.

Flights from Dubai blocked over suspicious Covid-19 test papers

Denmark has imposed a ban on incoming flights from the United Arab Emirates for an initial five days the transport ministry said in a statement.

The ban is related to suspicions that documentation showing negative Covid-19 tests taken in the country may not be reliable, the ministry said.

Flights would therefore be banned for five days “until it has been possible to investigate this issue to the bottom and ensure that the required negative tests are actual negative tests which have been taken properly,” transport minister Benny Engelbrecht said in the statement.

Under current rules, everyone travelling to Denmark by air must provide a negative Covid-19 test no more than 24 hours old when boarding flights.

READ ALSO: These are Denmark's entry rules for negative Covid-19 tests

How the enormous cost of family reunification in Denmark could cause inequality

Non-EU national partners of Danes face initial outlays well in excess of 100,000 kroner, not least due to a sky-high bank guarantee, if they are permitted to move to Denmark to live with their loved one.

The amount is so high that it could contribute to inequality, critics say.

A Danish partner in an international couple told me she was worried about the long-term effect of the heavy financial burden on her own relationship. Reports have previously shown that the bank guarantee is an administrative drain on municipalities and is rarely used.

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