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

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 Monday
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Covid-19 variant found in Funen town 

The town of Svendborg in southern Funen has been put on alert after a first-grade child was found to have been infected with a newer variant of the coronavirus.

Investigation is ongoing as to the identity of the variant in question, but broadcaster DR reports that it is likely to be either B1351, first identified in South Africa, or P1, first identified in Brazil. Both variants are considered to be more infectious and resistant towards vaccines than previous forms of the virus.

An acute PCR testing centre has been set up at the school to test up to 200 possible contacts with the case, include other children and teachers and their contacts, DR writes. All contacts have been asked to isolate and get tested every two days.

Senior medical advisor with the Danish Patient Safety Authority, Charlotte Hjort, urged people in the town to take the measures seriously, saying that “isolation means isolation” despite the additional temptation to break with advice during the upcoming Easter holiday.

Child carers to vote on collective bargaining agreement

Child care professionals (pædagoger in Danish) will vote today on whether to accept an offer of new salary and working terms in a new collective bargaining agreement, a deal between unions and employer organisations common within the Danish labour market.

Agreement of the deal would seal the employment terms of union members in the sector for the forthcoming future. Late last week, nurses voted against a collective bargaining agreement offered to them.

Around 70 percent of people who work in Denmark have union membership.

Firecracker offence could result in double punishment under epidemic law

A man faces charges for setting off firecrackers at police during protests Saturday’s protests against Denmark’s Covid-19 laws and restrictions.

Denmark’s criminal law contains a clause added at the end of last year which enables the normal punishment for some offences to be doubled if they are committed in connection with the Covid-19 pandemic. The prosecution service has requested the harsher penalty, DR reports.

READ ALSO: Danish lockdown protester jailed for two years after ‘smash the city’ call

Saturday’s demonstration was in protest at the double punishment aspect of the law amongst other things, including plans to use ‘corona passports’ as Denmark lifts its coronavirus restrictions.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Wednesday

Lower fees for using Visa-Dankort abroad, more parents choosing private midwives, and record inflation are among the top news stories in Denmark on Wednesday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Wednesday

In case you missed it: here’s who is eligible for monkeypox vaccines 

Denmark will now offer monkeypox vaccinations to all men who have sex with men and have multiple sexual partners. Previously, the shots were only given to people who had been in close contact with a confirmed case.

It’s important to emphasize that anyone can get monkeypox from close contact, not just men who have sex with men.

READ MORE: Monkeypox: Denmark to offer vaccination to at-risk group

Denmark sees highest inflation since 1983 

Consumer prices have climbed 8.7 percent since July 2021, according to figures from the government agency Statistics Denmark. It’s the highest rate of inflation the country has experienced since 1983.

Skyrocketing prices for food, electricity, and fuel are driving the change to price indices, newswire Ritzau reports. 

READ MORE: Will house prices in Denmark ever fall? 

Danske Bank lowers fees for purchases abroad 

An order goes into effect Wednesday requiring Danske Bank to charge customers less when paying in foreign currencies. 

Earlier this year, the Competition Council determined both Danske Bank and Nordea added unreasonable surcharges to purchases abroad — 1.5 percent within the EU and 2 percent for the rest of the world. 

As per the Competition Council’s findings, Danske Bank must drop the currency exchange surcharge altogether within the EU and reduce the rate to 1.5 percent outside the bloc. 

Danske Bank has already appealed the decision and will argue their case before a judge at the Copenhagen District Court.

READ MORE: Danish banks raise interest rates but many remain negative 

Business booms for private midwives 

Demand for private midwives has increased steadily over the past five years as cuts to the public system have left midwives there overburdened, broadcaster DR reports

The number of parents-to-be applying for subsidies for private midwives jumped 17 percent from 2020 to 2021 alone, data from health insurance agency Sygeforsikring Danmark show. 

Parents cite a desire for more personalised attention, DR finds. In particular, new parents are eager for more frequent pre-natal scans and more help breastfeeding after baby is born. 

READ MORE: Denmark presents plan to hire 100 more staff at maternity wards 

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