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

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 Monday
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Younger children return to school

Children in grades 0-4 return to school today in the first slight easing of the national Covid-19 lockdown. All other current restrictions will remain in place until at least February 28th.

The number of new daily coronavirus infections registered in Denmark has fallen significantly, as has the number of people hospitalised with the virus, but authorities remain concerned over the relative spread of the more infectious B117 variant.

Returning school children will follow guidelines including not mixing with other classes, parents dropping them off outside of school and regular hand washing along with two-metre distancing.

Snowy weather affects traffic

Heavy snow and snowdrifts in various parts of the country have resulted in police issuing hazard warnings to drivers, broadcaster DR reports.

The Danish Meteorological Institute has forecast possible snow drifts until this evening in the south of the country – that is technically defined as winds of 10 metres per second with 10 centimetres of snow lying on the ground.

Quarantine entry requirement now in effect

The requirement for a test and ten days of isolation upon entry into Denmark has began on Sunday.

Denmark has previously requested people arriving from so-called ‘red' risk zones for Covid-19 to isolate but has not enforced quarantine, but the country will now enforce it.

The Ministry of Transport confirmed the new requirements would take in order to limit the spread of the new and more contagious variants of coronavirus. 

More details can be found in our report.

Danish exports hit by coronavirus crisis

Exports of services and good from Denmark fell by 8.1 percent between 2019 and 2020, costing the economy 110 billion kroner, according to new figures from Statistics Denmark.

The substantial losses are primarily due to lockdowns around the world resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Copenhagen Pride, billions raised for the Ukraine war effort, and a steamy weekend ahead are among the top news stories in Denmark on Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Copenhagen Pride kicks off 

Copenhagen Pride begins this weekend with events across the city, from film screenings and concerts to historical walking tours and good-old-fashioned parties — here’s the full schedule of events.

You’ll have to wait until next weekend for the iconic Copenhagen pride parade. 

Donors raise 10.8 billion kroner for Ukraine 

Representatives for 26 countries convened in Copenhagen for a fundraiser for Ukraine, ultimately committing to more than 10.8 billion kroner (that’s over $1.5 billion) to support training and equipment this year and the next. 

France, Germany and the United States have yet to announce how much they contributed to the impressive total, but Denmark and the UK, the two countries behind the fundraiser, have revealed their supplemental donations were $114 million and almost $300 million, respectively. 

“Our partners know that we need funding and they articulated readiness to support us financially,” Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov said, according to the Agence France-Presse 
“That is a marathon and for a marathon you need energy and frankly
speaking, the main energy in this case is money.” 

READ MORE: Denmark’s government supports EU candidacy for Ukraine 

Brace for heat 

We’re in for a steamy weekend, according to the Danish Meteorological Association. 

Forecasts predict cloudless skies Saturday and Sunday with temperatures between 25 and 30 degrees — perhaps as high as 32 on Saturday. 

If you decide to break out the grill, though, be mindful — Danish Emergency Services says the warm weather and recent lack of rain mean an elevated risk for fires this weekend. 

READ MORE: Three great open-air swimming spots in Copenhagen 

Minister of Justice calls for meeting with…football fans 

Football players and fan club leaders have been invited to meet with Danish minister of justice Mattias Tesfaye after yet another week of unrest surrounding matches, TV2 Lorry reports. 

Tesfaye says he’s willing to do what’s necessary to make the stadium environment safe for the 99 percent of fans who come for “football and partying.” Possible measures include making penalties harsher for crimes connected with games (again) and increasing police presence.

This follows several weeks of dust-ups between rival fans, fans and stadium staff, and fans and police that sent several to hospital and involved considerable destruction at various stadiums.