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

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

Kids’ summer camps threatened with cancellation 

Recommendations for Covid-safe large-scale events, last week submitted by an expert group to the government, could mean that summer camps for children face cancellation.

That is because the recommendations give summer camps, along with large youth sports tournament, equivalency with music festival in the recommendations, broadcaster DR reports this morning.

Discussions over the guidelines are set to take place in parliament before restrictions for large events this summer are finalised. But the publication of the guidelines has already seen large festivals express doubt that they will go ahead, while the Copenhagen Marathon was cancelled yesterday.

READ ALSO: Will summer 2021 events go ahead in Denmark?

The Sports Confederation of Denmark (Danmarks Idrætsforbund) has said that 100,000 children could see their summer holidays disrupted if the camps and sports events are forced to cancel.

Danish doctors invent home testing kit for Covid-19

A rapid test for Covid-19, which can be used at home, has been developed by doctors in Denmark. The test is equally reliable as other rapid tests conducted by healthcare staff, according to Aarhus University Hospital, which announced the new test in a press statement.

The test involves taking a swab from the nose and placing it into a fluid afterwards and finally onto a test surface to see the result.

Accuracy was tested amongst 375 people who also took PCR tests for the virus.

Alcohol theory in Danish Oscar-winning film repudiated by doctor 

A Norwegian psychiatrist yesterday denied inventing a so-called theory that forms the basis for the Oscar-winning film ‘Another Round’ (Druk), reiterating that man is not born with a lack of alcohol in his blood, news wire AFP reported.

In the film, four teachers test a theory attributed to Norwegian psychiatrist Finn Skarderud which supposedly claims that man is born with a deficit of 0.05 percent alcohol in the bloodstream.

But that is “fake news” that comes from a “selective reading” of the preface Skarderud wrote for the Norwegian translation of “The Psychological Effects of Wine” by Italian author Edmondo de Amicis, the psychiatrist himself said Monday. 

READ ALSO: ‘Another Round’: a spirited Oscar-winning ode to life

Danish FA calls for FIFA ‘action’ on Qatar World Cup

The Danish football association (DBU) has written to FIFA calling on the global governing body to put pressure on 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar to improve their human rights record, according to AFP.

Last month Denmark, as well as Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Norway staged protests before qualifying matches for the tournament, such as wearing T-shirts with slogans against the country’s treatment of workers.

“We are against the allocation of the World Cup to Qatar and are critical of the human rights situation in the country,” the DBU’s chief executive Jakob Jensen said in a statement with the letter attached.


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