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.

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Wednesday
The island of Christiansø officially has the hihgest infectoin rate in Denmark, even though only one resident is infected and they're not even on the island. Photo: Ville Miettinen/Wikimedia Commons

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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The centenary celebrations for the return of Northern Schleswigtook place at Kongeskansen, or the King's Hedge, the remains of the fortress the Prussians built after their victory in the second Schleswig War. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

Eriksen suffered ‘cardiac arrest’, Denmark team doctor confirms

Denmark’s team doctor said Sunday there was still “no explanation” for why midfielder Christian Eriksen collapsed during his country’s opening Euro 2020 game against Finland, but confirmed he had suffered a cardiac arrest.

“He was gone, and we did cardiac resuscitation,” team doctor Morten Bösen told a press conference. “How close were we? I don’t know. We got him back after one defib (defibrillation), so that’s quite fast,” Bösen added.

However, the physician also said they had yet to discover that cause of the 29-year-old’s heart attack.   

“There’s no explanation so far,” Bösen said, adding that all tests done so far on the player, who is still in hospital, have come back fine.

“That is also one of the reasons that he is still in the hospital,” the physician added. Read our story here

Denmark on Sunday celebrates 100th anniversary of return of South Jutland

Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II on Sunday made a speech in the south Jutland town of Frederikshøj to mark the centenary of the return of southern Jutland to Denmark. 

“We now leave the border to younger generations. Safe and confident that they can follow the development that their parents and grandparents began,” Margrethe said. 

After the defeat of Germany in World War I, the Allied powers organised two referenda in Northern and Central Schleswig, with Northern Schleswig voting 75 percent for reunification with Denmark, and then reuniting with Denmark on June 15th, 1920. 

The centennial celebration was scheduled for July 2020 but was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Number hospitalised and infected in Denmark falls despite reopening 

The number of people being treated in hospital for coronavirus has fallen to 98 people, down from 155 people at the start of the month. On Saturday the number hospitalised fell below 100 for the first time since last September. 

The number of new infections has also been falling, with 315 people testing positive in the 24 hours up to 2pm on Sunday, the lowest number since February 14th. 

Danish police wait for ‘boy racer’ to hand himself in 

The driver who hit speeds of up to 150km per hour as he fled police in Ishøj on the outskirts of Copenhagen on Sunday will eventually hand himself in, police predicted. 

“We know exactly who he is and we have been in telephone contact with him. He’s kind of gone into hiding, but he knows very well that he needs to approach us,” Mads Dam from the Copenhagen Police told Ritzau on Monday morning.

As well as driving at more than three times the speed limit in a residential area, the man also drove at times against the direction of the traffic, through red lights, across football pitches and down paths meant for pedestrians. 

The chase began after police approached him in a parking lot. 

Russian planes violate Danish airspace around Bornholm 

Two Russian planes on Friday violated Danish airspace by flying over the Baltic Sea and then over Bornholm, 

The Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets moved into the airspace near Christiansø, between 11.08am to 11.10am and 11.40am to 11.42am. 

“It is very rare that we see this type of violation of Danish airspace, so two on the same day can only be described as serious,” said Trine Bramsen, Denmark’s minister of defence.

“We are of course very concerned about how this could happen. Is this a navigational error or a deliberate provocation? Of course we will dig into that.”

Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod has summoned Russia’s ambassador to Denmark over the violation, and said he would also discuss it with his allies, particularly in the Nato alliance.

The planes were met by Danish F-16 aircraft, which followed the Russians during the entire second violation. Read our story here.