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

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Thursday
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Find out what's going on in Denmark today with The Local's short round-up of the news in less than five minutes.

Government considering huge road infrastructure project near Aarhus 

The E45 motorway, which runs from north-south in Jutland and connects Denmark with countries to the south, could be set for an upgrade around Aarhus, where the government is considering expanding the highway from four to six lanes. Another stretch south of the city near Skanderborg could also be widened.

The project could cost around 6.5 billion kroner. The government is scheduled to present the plan as part of a broader infrastructure proposal today.

‘Fake’ corona passports can result in prison sentences

The use of corona passports is now a reality in Denmark, with proof of immunity or a negative Covid-19 test required to access services such as hair salons.

After an IT expert told broadcaster DR that the digital passports were easy to fake, the Justice Ministry has confirmed that anyone caught breaking the rules in this way could face up to four years in prison.

That is because the normal sentence of around two years in prison for fraudulent use of documents can be double under a special, recently-introduced clause in the law providing for double sentences for crimes committed in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Man given prison sentence for actions during anti-lockdown demonstration

The clause mentioned above was applied yesterday in a trial involving a man convicted of setting off fireworks at police during a demonstration against coronavirus restrictions in January, one of a number of protests organised recently by the ‘Men in Black’ movement.

READ ALSO: Eight arrested at anti-lockdown protest in Danish capital

Six fireworks were fired at police by the man, hitting one officer.

The 31-year-old, who was also been convicted of causing gross public disturbance, was given a six-month unconditional prison sentence. He is considering whether to appeal.

“I am just a normal dad with a family who wants to go to work and provide for my family,” he said according to DR’s report.

Bright start to Thursday will turn grey

Most of the country will enjoy a sunny morning, according to weather forecasts, with a light westerly wind and temperatures of 4-7 degrees Celsius. Clouds will gather during the afternoon and rain is likely this evening and tonight.


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