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

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
Find out what's going on in Denmark today with The Local's short round-up of the news in less than five minutes.

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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