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

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Tuesday
Billund Airport on March 9th. Photo: Mette Mørk/Jysk Fynske Medier/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.

Authorities can enforce isolation for positive Covid-19 tests in outbreak area 

The government could force people in Odense neighbourhood Vollsmose to comply with self-isolation if they test positive for Covid-19.

That comes after reports yesterday that mandatory testing could be enforced in the area, which currently has a high incidence rate with the virus.

A parliamentary majority has rejected forced testing but backed the government’s proposal for enforcing quarantine.

We’ll have a full report on this later this morning.

Ethics council recommends legal gender reassignment for children

The Danish Council on Ethics (Det Etiske Råd) has recommended the age limit for gender reassignment be set at 10-12 years. 14 of the council’s 17 members support the change, broadcaster DR reports. Two further members support setting the limit at 16 years of age.

Under current rules, the minimum age for legal gender reassignment (which involves a changed to the personal registration (CPR) number, is 18.

The council has made a statement on the issue at the request of parliament’s equality committee.

Health director envisages fewer Covid-19 hospitalisations than predicted

When the government decided on the extent to which Covid-19 restrictions would be lifted at the start of this month, it was based on mathematical modelling by the national infectious disease agency, SSI, which predicted around 870 people could be in hospital with the virus by mid-April as a result of the partial lockdown lift.

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SSI director Henrik Ullum appeared to suggest cause for optimism yesterday when he said Denmark was “not on course” for that number of hospitalisations in April.

The Liberal party has reacted by calling for restrictions to be lifted ahead of schedule.

Ullum additionally tweeted last night that the more infectious variant B1351, first detected in South Africa, does not appear to be spreading in Denmark in the same way B117, now the dominant form, previously succeeded in doing.


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