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

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 Friday
Tourists from border regions of neihgbouring countries will from Friday be able to come to rented holiday houses without going into self-isolation. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

Denmark goes into next phase of lifting of travel restrictions 

At midnight on Thursday, Denmark lifted a swathe of restrictions on travel into Denmark, as it went into Phase Three of the reopening plan set earlier this spring. 

Starting on Friday:

Foreigners resident in EU and Schengen countries rated ‘orange’, will no longer need a “worthy purpose” to enter Denmark, opening the way for tourists from across the region, although those coming will still need to get tested on arrival and go into self-isolation for at least four days until they test negative for coronavirus. Those who are fully vaccinated are excused this requirement. 

The incidence limit for opening or closing yellow and orange countries and regions in the EU and Schengen countries has been raised from 20/30 to 50/60 cases per 100,000 people over the preceding seven days. Residents of countries with lower infection rates than this will not need to go into self-isolation on arrival in Denmark. The list of countries that qualify will be announced on Friday afternoon. 

Those travelling from orange or yellow countries in the EU no longer need to get tested before boarding their plane.

Danes living abroad outside the EU who are fully vaccinated are exempted from testing and self-isolation requirements 

Tourists coming from the border regions like Schleswig-Holstein and Skåne can go to a holiday home in Denmark without having to go into isolation.

For the full list of changes, see the announcement from the foreign affairs ministry. 

Denmark registers over 1,000 new coronavirus cases for another day

Denmark registered a further 1,355 new coronavirus cases on Thursday afternoon, with the number of cases above 1,000 for the second day in a row.  This is the highest since mid-January, when significantly fewer tests were carried out. The proportion of tests that are positive is also increasing. 

On Thursday morning, 154 infected people were being treated for coronavirus in hospital, four fewer than a day earlier. No new deaths have been registered. 

One more provider drops out of voluntary vaccine scheme

The testing company Carelink, which had planned to take part in vaccinating those who have voluntarily opted to take the AstraZeneca vaccine has said it cannot see itself taking part in the scheme for “medical reasons”, after the draft guidelines lacked advise on the risk profile, or on what doctors should inform patients about. 

“The only guidelines are that you must inform the citizens that there is another offer and that the National Board of Health does not recommend this free choice scheme,” the company’s chief executive Brian Rosenberg told Ritzau. “On the given terms, we can not see ourselves being a part of it.”

Several other private vaccination providers, including Danske Lægers Vaccinations Service and MedFlex have also said they do not want to be involved. 

Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary celebrate 17th anniversay

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary on Friday celebrate their 17th wedding anniversary. The two were married on May 14th 2004 in Copenhagen Cathedral. The two met when Frederik attended the 2000 Olympic Games in Australia, and met Mary Elizabeth Donaldson at a restaurant. .

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

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

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