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

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 Wednesday
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All arrivals in Denmark will be required to quarantine 

Parliament voted last night to implement an emergency law change requiring people who travel into the country to self-quarantine and take a test for coronavirus.

Authorities have previously requested people arriving from so-called ‘red' risk zones for Covid-19 to isolate but has not enforced quarantine. That practice will now change.

No date has yet been specified for when the law will come into force.

Here’s our report.

Digital ‘corona passport’ to be introduced in coming months

The government has announced it is to introduced a so-called ‘digital corona passport’ which can be used to document vaccination, TV2 reports this morning.

The actual practical applications of the digital documentation are still under development, but its primary purpose is to facilitate a reopening of society, according to the report.

We’ll have an article with more detail on this later today.

Parliament backs impeachment trial for ex-minister

Parliament on Tuesday referred a former immigration minister Inger Støjberg to a rarely used special court over accusations that she broke the law when ordering the separation of asylum-seeking couples while in office.

There were some testy exchanges during the debate but the outcome of the vote was expected, with most parties (including a majority of Støjberg’s own Liberals) having already indicated they would approve the trial.

More on that here.

Christiania ban extended again

A police ban preventing public use of parts of Christiania has been extended again and is now in place until February 10th. It had been scheduled to expire today.

The ban, a so-called opholdsforbud, allows the public only to pass through, but not stop in the area at certain times. It was introduced in January as a measure to reduce Covid-19 infections, and has now been extended for a third time.

More detail can be found in our report on the previous extension.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

A Dane going to space, beefing up the Danish navy, and increasing Covid cases are among the top news stories in Denmark on Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Covid cases increase as holidays end

The number of positive PCR tests in Denmark is again on the rise with people returning to work and school after summer holidays, according to the latest data from the State’s Serum Institute, Denmark’s infectious disease agency.  

From the last week of July to the first week of August, cases rose 18 percent, while the positive percentage grew to 27 percent. 

“Activity in our society is increasing, and people may also be more aware of getting tested for symptoms in connection with starting work and education,” says Tyra Grove Krause, professional director of the SSI. 

Central and North Jutland have seen the highest overall infection rates, while nationwide 40-59 year olds are seeing the most positive tests. 

Data on incidence rates are more likely to be an underestimate given Denmark’s dramatically reduced public testing program, which saw all quick test sites and all but a handful of PCR test sites shuttered in the spring. On August 15, authorities further restricted guidelines for who should be tested if they experience Covid symptoms — now, the official guidance is that testing is only recommended for people who are 65 years old or over, pregnant, or have a condition that causes a higher risk of sever outcomes for Covid-19. 

Danish astronaut announces mission to space 

Danish astronaut Andreas Mogensen will spend six months at the International Space Station as part of Mission Huginn — named after one of two ravens from Norse mythology that flew around the world to gather news for the god Odin.

Instead of news of the world, Mogensen will be gathering information about “sleep and well-being in space” as well as attempt to 3D print metal components, all essential for potential longer-term space travel to destinations like Mars. 

Denmark to strengthen naval fleet with eye to Russia 

Defense minister Morten Bodskov announced a significant investment in the Danish navy on Thursday.

Over the next 20 years, 40 billion kroner will be spent to upgrade the Danish fleet. “We are facing a serious situation in Europe. There is war in Europe. We have just been through a corona pandemic, and common to both is that it has created problems for our security of supply,” Bodskov told reporters, according to newswire the Agence France-Presse. 

“It is not viable, especially in times of war in Europe, for the Danish defence to have problems getting ships and other equipment built,” he added. “That is why we are taking action now” with industry partners to build our own warships. 

READ MORE: From June: Russian warship violates Danish waters

Danish politicians may visit Taiwan 

Members of Danish parliament from six political parties are ready to travel to Taiwan after a possible election this autumn, newspaper Politiken reports. 

“Taiwan must not be isolated in the way that China wants it to be. They must not succeed in that,” Michael Aastrup Jensen, foreign affairs spokesman for the Liberal party (Venstre) told Politiken. 

The six parties that have signed on to a possible trip are the Conservatives, the Red-Green Alliance (Enhedslisten), the Social Liberals (Radikale), the Danish People’s Party, the Liberal party, and the new Danish Democrats party. 

However, some, including Socialist People’s Party foreign affairs spokesman Karsten Hønge, say stirring the pot in Taiwan could cause more harm than good. 

READ MORE: From 2019: Copenhagen Zoo removes Taiwan from display map to get loan pandas from China 

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