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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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Health authority expected to make announcement on AstraZeneca vaccine 

The Danish Health Authority and Danish Medicines Agency are scheduled to announce a decision this afternoon on whether Denmark is to resume its use of the AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid-19.

Use of the vaccine was recently suspended in Denmark over concerns related to suspected serious side effects. The European Medicines Agency has concluded it is safe to continue using the vaccine.

Denmark’s suspension of the vaccine has caused delays in the country’s Covid-19 vaccine rollout, although AstraZeneca has said it will be delivering fewer doses of its vaccine to Denmark regardless of the decision relating to the suspected side effects.

MinSundhed app to be used as platform for ‘corona passports’

Results of rapid Covid-19 tests can now be accessed on the MinSundhed app along with results from PCR tests for the virus, news wire Ritzau reports.

Outcomes from both test types can also be seen by logging on to the platform.

The addition of rapid tests to both platforms is relevant because the app is to be used as a simple form of ‘corona passport’ in the initial weeks of Denmark’s planned reopening. A more sophisticated platform for the passports is scheduled to be launched in May.

‘Corona passports’ will be used to certify that the holder has had a negative test in the last 72 hours, a vaccination or has recently recovered from Covid-19, conferring immunity to the disease.

READ ALSO: How will Denmark use ‘corona passports’ in post-restriction reality?

Copenhagen’s sewage water to be tested for coronavirus 

The city municipality in Copenhagen is to spend 3.7 million kroner on testing sewage water for coronavirus from April or May, Ritzau writes.

Testing wastewater can help to provide data as to the amount of the virus in circulation and can often be detected before a trend of people testing positive for the virus.

The municipality hopes the information will help to slow local outbreaks.

Danish hiking footpaths to be included on Google Maps

Some good news for those who enjoy a rambling hike in the Danish countryside.

National hiking organisation Dansk Vandrelaug has announced an agreement with Google Maps to add 288 public footpaths to be added to the digital maps platform, starting today.

The paths have been picked out by Dansk Vandrelaug based on useful criteria including clear demarcation and (in many cases) beginning and ending at the same point.

You can find the paths on Google Maps by typing in the search term ‘vandreområde’.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Everything you need to know about the Tour de France and the release of the inquiry into the 2020 mink scandal are Denmark's headline news this Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Tour de Denm—uh, France 

It’s an overcast day in Copenhagen for the Grand Départ, the official kickoff of the Tour de France, at 4 p.m. Don’t be fooled when the clouds briefly part midmorning — they’ll be back with a vengeance later this afternoon with the potential to drizzle on late finishers of the time trial (including frontrunner Tadej Podegar, who’s expected to finish about 7:10 p.m.). The Danish Meteorological Institute has put out a warning  for heavy rainfall and thunderstorms for the Copenhagen area from 6-11 p.m. 

A poncho would be in order if you’re planning to watch the riders in person today, and make contingency plans for any outdoor celebrations. 

READ ALSO: Five great spots to see the Tour de France in Denmark 

How to watch the trials 

Danish streaming platform TV2 will host coverage of the Tour, as will Discovery+ in Denmark. 

If you’re watching abroad, the United States offers a selection of streaming services — the USA channel will provide live coverage, through NBC, you’ve got Peacock (their proprietary streaming platform), and the NBC Sports app. 

In the UK, ITV4 and the ITV Hub streaming service are free to watch. 

How to get around in Copenhagen today 

Between street closures, sporadically-open pedestrian crossings, and throngs of fans, trying to get from point A to point B in downtown Copenhagen will be a challenge today. 

The Tour de France team has provided an interactive map (here’s the English version) to help you navigate, including information on those pedestrian crossings of the route, public toilets, and hydration stations (though with the rain, that might be redundant). 

READ ALSO: How will the Tour de France affect traffic and travel in Denmark? 

….and a harsh mink report for Mette Frederiksen 

If all this cycling news leaves you asking, ‘but what about the mink?’, you’ll be thrilled to learn the independent commission tasked with investigating government decisions surrounding the 2020 culling of millions of the weasel-like animals has released its final report. It’s a monster at almost 2,000 pages. 

The commission finds fault with prime minister Mette Frederiksen, who, they say, made “grossly misleading” statements about the legal basis of the mink cull at a November 2020 press conference. 

The report says 10 officials, largely department heads from the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of the Environment and Food, the National Police, and the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, should be held accountable. 

On the hot seat are Barbara Bertelsen, head of the prime minister’s department, and Mogens Jensen, former minister of food, agriculture, and fisheries.

The decision to cull the mink fell under Jensen’s purview and the commission found Jensen was aware the government had no legal authority and lied to parliament about it. Jensen resigned just two weeks after the decision was made. 

READ ALSO: Danish PM ‘grossly misled’ during mink announcement