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

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Monday
Photo: Henning Bagger/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.

Three arrested for burning effigy of prime minister

Disgusting scenes in Copenhagen on Saturday night saw demonstrators set fire to an effigy of Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen – the Guy Fawkes-style puppet also had a death threat attached to it – following unrest involving around 1,000 people unhappy about coronavirus restrictions.

The scenes represent the second time in two weeks similar protests have occurred.

Police have moved quickly following the incident and have arrested three people in connection with the burning of the effigy.

Two were detained yesterday and are in police custody until February 19th, while a third is scheduled to appear for initial court proceedings today.

An effigy of PM Mette Frederiksen — with the words 'she can and must be culled' — burns in Copenhagen on Saturday. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Supermarket employees’ union concerned over customer disregard for Covid-19 guidelines

A sizeable proportion of customers at supermarkets in Denmark do not follow recommendations to shop alone, social distance and disinfect their hands, according to a union for staff who work at stores.

The union, HK Handel, says it has been contacted by a number of members who are concerned about the situation, broadcaster DR reports.

“We are now seeing, maybe due to a growing weariness of corona throughout society, that more and more of our members are being ignored by customers when they try to ensure that guidelines are followed,” HK Handel chairperson Per Tønnesen told the broadcaster.

The union has called for the government to introduce sanctions for people that refuse to follow the guidelines.

No room on maternity wards forces women to travel further to give birth

232 women in the Greater Copenhagen health authority were moved during last year from the maternity ward at which they had planned to give birth, according to a report by DR.

The broadcaster reports instances of women taking long taxi journeys while having contractions.

The head of the regional health authority’s board, Sophie Hæstorp Andersen, told DR that a shortage of midwives was continuing to cause capacity problems.

Police to clamp down on traffic offences this week

Traffic police are set to ramp up their presence this week in an effort to ensure road safety, Danmark’s National Police have signalled via a statement.

Speeding offences and other traffic conduct – including cyclists and pedestrians – will be in focus, police said.

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