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

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 Friday
A light show in Aalborg on Thursday marked the first anniversary of Denmark's first Covid-19 lockdown. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

EMA says blood clot risk no higher in vaccinated people 

After Denmark yesterday said it was pausing use of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine, the European Medicines Agency has said that there appears to be no higher risk of blood clots in those vaccinated against Covid-19.

Denmark’s decision was taken as a precaution after some patients developed blood clots since receiving the jab, one of whom died.

“The information available so far indicates that the number of thromboembolic events [blood clots, ed.] in vaccinated people is no higher than that seen in the general population,” the European Medicines Agency told news wire AFP by email when asked about the suspension.

AstraZeneca has also said that an analysis of its own data did not show any increased risk of blood clots, broadcaster DR reports.

We’ll have more detail on this in a full article this morning.

AstraZeneca to supply fewer vaccines

Provided Denmark resumes use of the AstraZeneca vaccine at some point, the country’s vaccine schedule will be delayed by a reduction in expected delivery of vaccine doses from the company.

Astra Zeneca announced yesterday that it will halve the number of planned Covid-19 vaccine deliveries to the EU up to the end of June.

Denmark yesterday moved its expected completion date for vaccination of the population back by four weeks, though that was related to the decision to suspend use of the AstraZeneca vaccine for now.

READ ALSO: Denmark extends Covid-19 vaccination programme by a further four weeks

Prime Minister hopes for normal school attendance in April

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said yesterday that she hopes schools will be fully opened again by next month.

That comes two days after the government announced it was taking another step forward towards reopening schools.

“I think it will be possible in April to open up so that children and young people in principle have a fairly normal school day,” she said in a televised debate on TV2.

‘Årsopgørelse’: Annual tax calculation to be published

Thousands of people who pay tax in Denmark will from Monday be able to see the annual tax calculation, årsopgørelse in Danish, by logging on to the tax agency website, using the secure NemID login.

The annual calculation shows taxpayers whether they are owed a rebate from the state after annual income has been fully registered. In some cases underpaid tax must be accounted for.

Although the information is officially available from Monday, it can be accessible for some people from the preceding Friday. That has resulted – as is normally the case at this time of year – in heavy traffic on the website this morning, according to news wire Ritzau.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

An agreement on a change to the pay limit scheme, Covid infection rates, and the latest on monkeypox are among the top headlines in Denmark this Thursday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

Parliament lowers salary required for pay limit scheme 

Yesterday evening, the Danish parliament agreed on a significant change to the pay limit scheme, which grants residence permits to foreign workers with job offers in Denmark above a yearly salary threshold. 

As of December 1st, salaries at or above 375,000 kroner will qualify for the scheme. (Based on today’s exchange rates, that’s the equivalent of $52,662, €50,394 and £43,355.)

It’s a 16 percent decrease from the current pay limit of 448,000, and the lowered threshold will exist on a trial basis for the next three years. 

The decision comes after months of political wrangling over the terms of the reduction. Supporters of the reform say the change is necessary to help alleviate soaring demand for labour in Denmark. 

Look out for a full report on this story on our website this morning.

READ ALSO: How can you get a work permit in Denmark if you are not an EU national? 

Serious illness stays low as Covid-19 case counts triple 

Since June 1st, positive PCR tests have nearly tripled in Denmark — and while hospital admissions for Covid patients have increased slightly, there hasn’t been a dramatic increase in serious illness from the virus, according to a press release from the National Board of Health. 

Health officials have kept a close eye on hospital admissions in light of BA.5., the new Omicron sub-variant that now accounts for the majority of cases in Denmark. Their analysis and studies in other countries suggest BA.5 does not cause more serious illness on a population level than previous variants. 

“We expect to look forward to a relatively calm summer, but we naturally keep an eye on whether there are changes in the infection situation,” Søren Brostrøm, director of the National Board of Health, told newswire Ritzau. 

Authorities earlier this week suggested the summer wave of infections is already waning.

What’s the status of monkeypox in Denmark? 

Two more cases of monkeypox were confirmed yesterday by the Ministry of Health, bringing the national tally to 18 since May 23rd. 

Officials have identified and vaccinated 22 close contacts to the known cases, the Ministry added. 

Since monkeypox can only be transmitted by touch when the characteristic rash with white blisters is already present, the risk to the population remains very low, scientists say. 

Thulesen Dahl leaves Danish People’s Party

Kristian Thulesen Dahl, former chairman and co-founder of the Danish People’s Party, has finally resigned after weeks of deliberation. His departure is the eleventh from the party in the past six months, leaving only five members in parliament. 

Thulesen Dahl says he will consider Inger Støjberg’s offer to join the Denmark Democrats, a new party currently gathering voter declarations to qualify for seats in parliament. 
READ ALSO: Danish People’s Party decimated by new high-profile departures