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

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 Tuesday
An empty Danish mink farm in December. Photo. Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Incoming travellers to be required to isolate in new Covid-19 rule

A majority in parliament now supports mandatory isolation for people travelling into Denmark from abroad. Danish authorities have not previously enforced arrival quarantine, but have recommended a 10-day isolation period upon arrival.

The new rule is likely to take force next week following an expedited process through parliament, broadcaster DR writes.

Keep an eye on our website for a full report later today.

Multi-billion compensation deal given to mink farmers

The government last night reached deal for the compensation package for mink fur farmers – and it’s a hefty one.

A total of 19 billion kroner will be given to mink breeders who lost their livelihoods when the government ordered animals to be culled and the industry shut down last November, after the outbreak of a mutated form of coronavirus at fur farms.

We’ll have a more detailed report on this on our website today.

READ ALSO: Denmark introduces year-long ban on mink farming after cull

Covid-19 rapid tests more accurate than previously thought

Rapid tests used to detect Covid-19 are more accurate than was previously thought, Danish researchers have concluded.

The research, which is yet to be peer-reviewed, compared the accuracy of the rapid tests with the PCR antibody test, the one used at regular test centres which take around 24 hours or more to process.

According to the results, rapid tests gave a positive result in 70 percent of cases in which the PCR test gave a positive result. The sensitivity of the rapid tests was previously thought to be around 55 percent.

Additionally, false positive results were found in 13 percent of tests, when compared to PCR tests. False negative tests only occurred in 0.5 percent of cases.

As a result, the rapid tests can be relied upon in 87 percent of cases, researchers told news wire Ritzau.


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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

NemID crashes, sunshine and summery weather, and Ukraine's EU candidacy are among the top news stories in Denmark this Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

NemID on the fritz for second day 

About a third of NemID users have been shut out of the platform for the past two days, broadcaster DR reports. That’s left them unable to access digital government services like SKAT’s tax portal and the citizen portal as well as personal bank accounts online.  

Some users have also struggled to log in to MitID, which is set to replace NemID as the decade-old platform is phased out. 

Nets, the company behind NemID, attributes the outages to problems changing to a new server and couldn’t offer a timeline for when the problems would be resolved. 

“NemID has become part of our public infrastructure, so it’s as important as getting electricity out of the socket and water out of the tap,” Jan Pries Heje, a professor of IT and digitalisation at Roskilde University, told DR. 

READ ALSO: How non-Danish passport holders can switch from NemID to MitID 

Sunshine and summery weather

Yesterday’s warmth and sun will continue today, with few clouds in the sky and a high of 27 degrees. 

Fancy a dip? Check out last year’s list of ‘perfect swim spots.’ 

READ ALSO: These are Denmark’s 13 new perfect swim spots

Ukraine and Moldova approved as candidates for EU membership 

As of yesterday evening, Ukraine and Moldova cleared a significant hurdle to EU membership after a unanimous vote to approve their candidacy. It’s an extraordinarily quick progression in a process that usually takes years. 

The vote should be a source of encouragement for Ukrainians, Danish prime minister Mette Frederiksen said. “It is a signal to all the Ukrainian people and not least to those who are fighting on the front lines right now,” she said. 

Ukraine will have to convince member states the country has made sufficient progress in combatting corruption within the government and establishing the rule of law to make it to the finish line, though. 

Germany elevates gas supply chain issues to ’emergency’ status 

Our neighbor to the south has raised the level of alert for gas shortage to ’emergency,’ phase 2 of the EU system used to flag energy shortages. 

Germany had been in phase 1 — “early warning” — since March, newswire Ritzau reports. Denmark declared an early warning for its own gas supply this week. 

Direct government intervention — for instance, shutting off gas for certain non-essential companies — doesn’t come until phase 3. 

READ ALSO: What does Denmark’s ‘energy early warning’ mean for businesses and individuals? 

Danish frigate to join NATO fleet 

Denmark plans to send a frigate crewed with up to 135 soldiers to participate in NATO deterrence exercises in the North Atlantic, officials announced yesterday. The mission is led by the United States and joined by Spain, France, the Netherlands, and Canada.

“It is important to send strong signals that in the situation Europe is in, we stand together,” minister of defence Morten Bødskov said in a press conference.