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

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 Thursday
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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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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

A new Nord Stream leak, a protest against Qatar on the national team’s World Cup kit, and other news stories in Denmark on Thursday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

Fourth leak detected at Nord Stream pipelines in Baltic Sea

A fourth leak has been detected in undersea pipelines running from Russia to Europe, the Swedish Coast Guard said this morning, after explosions were reported earlier this week in suspected sabotage.

“There are two leaks on the Swedish side and two leaks on the Danish side,” a Swedish Coast Guard official said. Media reported that the latest leak was detected at the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, but the coast guard did not confirm this.

The official added that the two leaks on the Swedish side are “close to each other”.

We’ll have a full report on this on our website this morning.

READ ALSO: Who is behind the Nord Stream Baltic pipeline attack?

More than half of Nord Stream gas has escaped from pipes

Danish officials said yesterday – prior to the discovery of a fourth leak – that more than half of the gas in the Nord Stream pipelines in the Baltic Sea had leaked into the atmosphere after they were damaged.

“A clear majority of the gas has already come out of the pipes,” head of the Danish Energy Agency, Kristoffer Böttzauw, told a press conference.

“We expect the rest to escape by Sunday,” he added.

Defence Minister Morten Bødskov said Wednesday morning that, due to pressure of the gas leaking out, it would take “one or two weeks” before inspections of the damaged structures could begin.

Hummel tones down logo on Denmark’s Qatar World Cup kit

Denmark will wear a “toned down” kit at this year’s World Cup in protest at Qatar’s human rights record, sportswear maker Hummel said Wednesday, setting off a furious response from the Gulf state.

Qatar’s organising committee accused Hummel of “trivialising” the country’s efforts to improve conditions for migrant workers and called on the Danish federation to intervene.

The logo of the Danish sportswear brand and the Danish national badge are both barely visible on the shirts designed for the World Cup that starts on November 20th.

Several competing nations and rights groups have criticised Qatar’s rights record and FIFA for allowing the event to be held in the conservative Muslim state where homosexuality is illegal.

“We support the Danish national team all the way, but that isn’t the same as supporting Qatar as a host nation,” Hummel said in a social media post.

Age charity wants foreign education programmes to bring in workers

Age concern charity DanAge (Ældre Sagen) wants Danish social care education programmes to be opened in foreign countries to address the chronic labour shortage suffered by the sector.

Danish welfare courses that take place abroad are a potential solution to the problem, the CEO of Ældre Sagen, Bjarne Hastrup, told newspaper Berlingske. Germany, Spain, India and the Phillippines are potential locations according to the charity.

“And my question to politicians would be: ‘If you’re not going to do this, what are you going to do?’,” he said.

The charity is scheduled to host a debate between the political party leaders, which will be televised by broadcaster DR this morning.

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