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

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 Tuesday
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Government to discuss schedule for easing travel restrictions

While the planned lifting of Denmark’s coronavirus restrictions is underway, that plan does not yet include any schedule for easing limits on travel.

The foreign ministry has advised against all travel abroad since January.

That could soon change, with parliamentary parties meeting today to discuss the next steps once current restrictions expire on April 20th.

The tourism and transport industries have called for clarification on the matter. People with family in other countries could  have a clearer idea of when they might be able to see them again once any decision is announced.

We’ll be following this story closely and will report any developments in detail.

Smaller malls and department stores can reopen

Today marks another point on the roadmap to reopening: malls, department stores and arcades with areas up to 15,000 square metres can reopen from today. The plan for reopening generally keeps a two-week gap between dates on which restrictions are eased, but today is an exception to that. It marks a halfway step towards opening malls completely.

Read more about the reopening plan in this article.

Mass-vaccination day completed with minor hitches

Denmark vaccinated over 100,000 people against Covid-19 yesterday, more than trebling its previous record for vaccinations in one day. Health authorities carried out the high volume of jabs in order to test systems for when capacity increases once supply of vaccines also increases.

Regional health authorities reported generally positive outcomes from the trial.

“There are some areas we need to review, primarily in relation to traffic access, parking, logistics at (vaccination) centres and some minor local IT issues,” the national head of the health authorities, Stephanie Lose, told news wire Ritzau.

Queues and waiting times were also reported in some instances where people arrived early for their vaccination slot.

Bus company announces new intercity routes in Denmark

Bus company Kombardo Expressen, known for its route between Copenhagen and Aarhus via the Molslinjen ferry, has announced 25 different routes between various Danish cities, broadcaster DR reports.

Towns including Slagelse, Vejle, Fredericia, Kolding and Esbjerg are now included on the company’s timetable, meaning a journey will now not always involve a ferry crossing.

The new routes will be offered from April 23rd.

Member comments

  1. Has anyone received the new ID cards yet??
    I was informed by letter on January 22nd 2021 that my residence remains the same as before and issued a new ID number.
    I was told the new ID card would be issued in 6 t0 8weeks that was week 3 we are now in week 15 .

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

A Dane going to space, beefing up the Danish navy, and increasing Covid cases are among the top news stories in Denmark on Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Covid cases increase as holidays end

The number of positive PCR tests in Denmark is again on the rise with people returning to work and school after summer holidays, according to the latest data from the State’s Serum Institute, Denmark’s infectious disease agency.  

From the last week of July to the first week of August, cases rose 18 percent, while the positive percentage grew to 27 percent. 

“Activity in our society is increasing, and people may also be more aware of getting tested for symptoms in connection with starting work and education,” says Tyra Grove Krause, professional director of the SSI. 

Central and North Jutland have seen the highest overall infection rates, while nationwide 40-59 year olds are seeing the most positive tests. 

Data on incidence rates are more likely to be an underestimate given Denmark’s dramatically reduced public testing program, which saw all quick test sites and all but a handful of PCR test sites shuttered in the spring. On August 15, authorities further restricted guidelines for who should be tested if they experience Covid symptoms — now, the official guidance is that testing is only recommended for people who are 65 years old or over, pregnant, or have a condition that causes a higher risk of sever outcomes for Covid-19. 

Danish astronaut announces mission to space 

Danish astronaut Andreas Mogensen will spend six months at the International Space Station as part of Mission Huginn — named after one of two ravens from Norse mythology that flew around the world to gather news for the god Odin.

Instead of news of the world, Mogensen will be gathering information about “sleep and well-being in space” as well as attempt to 3D print metal components, all essential for potential longer-term space travel to destinations like Mars. 

Denmark to strengthen naval fleet with eye to Russia 

Defense minister Morten Bodskov announced a significant investment in the Danish navy on Thursday.

Over the next 20 years, 40 billion kroner will be spent to upgrade the Danish fleet. “We are facing a serious situation in Europe. There is war in Europe. We have just been through a corona pandemic, and common to both is that it has created problems for our security of supply,” Bodskov told reporters, according to newswire the Agence France-Presse. 

“It is not viable, especially in times of war in Europe, for the Danish defence to have problems getting ships and other equipment built,” he added. “That is why we are taking action now” with industry partners to build our own warships. 

READ MORE: From June: Russian warship violates Danish waters

Danish politicians may visit Taiwan 

Members of Danish parliament from six political parties are ready to travel to Taiwan after a possible election this autumn, newspaper Politiken reports. 

“Taiwan must not be isolated in the way that China wants it to be. They must not succeed in that,” Michael Aastrup Jensen, foreign affairs spokesman for the Liberal party (Venstre) told Politiken. 

The six parties that have signed on to a possible trip are the Conservatives, the Red-Green Alliance (Enhedslisten), the Social Liberals (Radikale), the Danish People’s Party, the Liberal party, and the new Danish Democrats party. 

However, some, including Socialist People’s Party foreign affairs spokesman Karsten Hønge, say stirring the pot in Taiwan could cause more harm than good. 

READ MORE: From 2019: Copenhagen Zoo removes Taiwan from display map to get loan pandas from China