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

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

Hospitals reduce Covid-19 alert level

The number of inpatients with Covid-19 at hospitals in Denmark dropped below 300 this week, the lowest total in close to three months. It the peak of the winter wave of the virus, over 900 were hospitalised.

Hospitals have now reduced their Covid-19 alert levels, broadcaster DR writes this morning.

The move releases staff tasked with treating coronavirus patients back to their regular areas. But experts told DR the situation does not necessarily mean Denmark is ready to lift its lockdown.

READ ALSO: Denmark plans twice-weekly testing as path out of lockdown

Clinic to open for children with long-term Covid effects

Denmark’s first clinic for children suffering with long-term symptoms related to Covid-19 is to open in Aarhus at the city’s University Hospital.

A select group of staff will be selected to monitor the children allowing them to observe any effects over time, senior medical consultant Klaus Birkelund Johansen, who is also the head of the Danish Society of Paediatricians, told broadcaster TV2.

The vast majority of people who have recovered from Covid-19 return to full health, but some have reported enduring symptoms including a loss of smell and taste and shortness of breath. People of all ages can be affected.

Impeachment court to assemble in September for trial of ex-minister

The impeachment trial of former immigration minister and deputy leader of the Liberal party Inger Støjberg will begin on September 2nd and consist of 38 court meetings. A verdict is expected before Christmas, the impeachment court stated via its website.

Earlier this month, parliament referred Støjberg to the rarely used special court over accusations that she broke the law when ordering the separation of asylum-seeking couples while in office.

READ ALSO: Danish ex-minister quits party after impeachment trial fallout

Walrus leaves northwest coast after veering off course

A walrus which was spotted near Thy in northwestern Denmark has left a beach outside the town, local police confirmed.

The animal – a young walrus weighing between 300 and 400 kilograms – rested up yesterday on rocks near the pier at Vorupør, a popular surfing destination sometimes referred to as ‘cold Hawaii’.

Walruses are a very rare sight in Danish waters.

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