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

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

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


Danish GP body warns young people against opting for AstraZeneca jab 

The Danish College of General Practitioners, which represents primary care doctors in Denmark, has advised patients against taking advantage of the proposed voluntary scheme, which will give access to the AstraZeneca and perhaps also the Johnson & Johnson jab for those willing to take the very small risk. 

"We have considered how we should respond to this optional scheme, and now we are saying that we simply advise against taking these vaccines," the college's chairman Anders Beich told state broadcaster DR

"We believe that the benefits are almost non-existent. It is well described that there may be some serious side effects, but there may also be some other side effects that are only being investigated now." 


Denmark's Børsen newspaper reported for alleged corona fraud 

The Danish Agency for Culture and Palaces has reported the Børsen financial newspaper to the police for allegedly defrauding the state for coronavirus compensation, the Ministry of Culture said in a press statement on Tuesday evening. 

This has happened after an inquiry commissioned by the newspaper itself found that it had manipulated advertising revenues to get more support, with the newspaper's commercial director and three members of the advertising team having left their positions as a result. 

The newspaper has received almost 51,000 kroner in unjustified support.

Number of new coronavirus cases below 1,000 for third day 

A further 925 coronavirus cases were registered on Tuesday, bringing the number under 1,000 for the third day running. On Thursday and Friday last week, cases were above 1,000 for two days in a row, increasing concerns of a resurgence of infection. 

The number of patients hospitalised with coronavirus increased by 12 on Tuesday to 165, with 32 being treated in intensive care unit, up from 27 on Monday. Two people had died of coronavirus-related illness in the 24 hours leading up to 2pm on Tuesday. 

The so-called reproduction number, the rate at which coronavirus is spreading, remains at 1.1, indicating a slowly growing epidemic, Denmark's health minister said on Twitter on Tuesday.

"We can keep it at this level if we continue to focus on good habits, which together with testing, contact tracing and the vaccine is our super-weapon against coronavirus," he wrote. 


Danish health app now offers coronavirus pass for immunity 

Those who have tested positive for coronavirus and recovered less than six months ago can now get a coronapas on the Min Sundhed health app based on their previous positive test result, the app's developer has written on its home page. Those who have tested positive for coronavirus will be eligible for a coronavirus pass between 14 and 180 days after the test. 

Danish Superliga player tests positive three days before cup final 

A player for the Superliga club Sønderjyske announces on its website that a player in the squad has handed in a positive coronate tested positive for coronavirus on Monday, three days before the club is due to meet Randers FC in the cup final. 

The club said that all training had been canceled or carried out with strict restrictions since a member of staff tested positive last Wednesday, and that the entire squad and everyone around the team would be tested again on both Tuesday and Wednesday to ensure that no one infected takes part in Thursday's match. 

The club is not disclosing the name of the infected player. 

Tiny island has Denmark's highest coronavirus rate even though no one there is actually infected

The tiny Baltic island of Christiansø, just north of Bornholm south of Sweden, officially now has the highest level of coronavirus infections in Denmark, despite the fact that just one of its 84 residents has tested positive, and they're not even there.

Just one infected is enough to give the sogn or 'parish' on the island a per capita infection rate of 2,057 per 100,000 people, easily enough to trigger a local lockdown. But this isn't going to happen, as the person who has tested positive, although registered as a resident, is currently elsewhere. 

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