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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 roundup of the news in less than five minutes.

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Friday
A butterfly during a spot of clear weather in Denmark this week. Photo: Eva Rosenqvist/Biofoto/Ritzau Scanpix

New corona passport to be introduced 

A new corona passport app will be launched today following a press briefing at 12:15, the Ministry of Finance announced yesterday on social media.

The app, which will supersede use of the pre-existing MinSundhed app as a corona passport, is designed to be compatible with foreign travel where corona passports become a requirement for this.

Unlike the MinSundhed app, the new app will tell the user their vaccination, infection and test history but only show others whether or not the corona passport is valid – and not the reason for its validity.

We’ll have an article with full details of the app — and what you need to know to use it — once that information comes in today.

Update to travel guidelines could increase destination options

The weekly update to the Foreign Ministry’s travel guidelines is due this afternoon. This means it may become easier to travel to certain location which are likely to be moved from the orange to yellow list, which determines the restrictions which apply to people who return to Denmark after travelling.

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A number of new regions are expected to ‘go yellow’ today, including Hamburg, Salzburg, Corsica and several parts of Italy, according to broadcaster DR.

We’ll have the full details once they have been released by the ministry.

Woman given compensation for Covid-19 vaccine side effect

A 30-year-old woman from the Greater Copenhagen region has become the first person in Denmark to receive compensation for side effects caused by Covid-19 vaccination, newspaper Politiken reported.

The woman was affected by the rare, but serious blood clots technically known as vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT) after receiving the vaccine from AstraZeneca, the Danish patient compensation board confirmed to the newspaper.

She was hospitalised in January after receiving the vaccine, and the compensation body upheld her claim that the blood clots with which she was diagnosed were related to the vaccine, according to the report.

She could also be entitled to further compensation should she suffer longer-term issues related to the side effects.

Weekend weather: Sun and warm temperatures on the way at last

This week has been something of a washout weather-wise but that will change in time for the weekend, according to meteorologist DMI’s forecast.

Warm and drier air is expected to blow across Denmark in the coming days. That will mean temperatures of up to 23 degrees Celsius on Saturday and Sunday.

Friday will still be a mixed bag, however, with a few showers expected.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

A Danish school evacuated due to a sickening smell, Nigeria prosecuting Danish soldiers in piracy case, and a ringing endorsement for fourth Covid-19 jabs are among the top news stories in Denmark on Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

‘Unpleasant smell’ that sickened children at Danish school is unexplained 

 An Aarhus-area school was evacuated on Thursday after a mysterious smell appeared to be related to new headaches, coughs, and runny noses in students and teachers, newswire Ritzau reports. 

Suspecting some kind of chemical spill, school management reached out to emergency services — but police, the fire brigade and emergency medical responders were unable to identify the cause, according to a tweet by the East Jutland Police. 

However, authorities were able to rule out a chemical spill, police tell broadcaster TV2, and the investigation is ongoing. 

ICYMI: Recent Covid-19 booster jab offers good protection, Danish agency says 

People who received the most recent round of Covid-19 boosters are at significantly lower risk for hospitalisation, according to a recent analysis by the State Serum Institute, Denmark’s infectious disease agency. 

Having a second booster (for most, that would be your fourth dose) provides “around 75 percent better” protection against hospital admission than just three doses, writes Bolette Søborg, senior medical consultant at the SSI, on the agency’s website. 

READ ALSO: Can you get a second Covid-19 booster in Denmark if you are not in a risk group? 

Nigeria to prosecute Danish soldiers involved in piracy case 

This week, Copenhagen District Court began to hear the case against a Nigerian man authorities say is a pirate who participated in an attack on a Danish vessel off the coast of Nigeria in November 2021. 

But now, Nigeria has announced its intention to prosecute the Danish soldiers involved in the same incident, in which four Nigerian nationals were killed. 

“We demand that Denmark release the remaining Nigerian in Danish custody. We demand an apology from Denmark to Nigeria for the behavior of the frigate,” says Nicholas Ella, director of the legal department in Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign affairs, according to newspaper Weekendavisen.  

Ella describes the firefight as the “direct murder of people on the boat,” Weekendavisen reports.

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