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

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Thursday
Jomfru Ane Gade, a street packed with bars and pubs in the city of Aalborg, is being closed for two weeks to slow infections. Photo: Bo Amstrup/Ritzau Scanpix
Find out what's going on in Denmark today with The Local's short roundup of the news in less than five minutes.

“No need to repair ties” with France and Germany: Danish PM

Denmark has “good dialogue” with its European allies and there is “no need to repair ties” with France and Germany, the country’s prime minister said on Wednesday following revelations that the US used Danish cables to spy on European leaders.

In her first remarks on the subject since the revelations emerged on Sunday, Mette Frederiksen refused to address the claims directly. But as a general rule, “there should not be any systematic surveillance of allies”, she told reporters.

Aalborg party street shut down for two weeks to slow infections

Denmark’s government has ruled that Jomfru Ane Gade, a street packed with bars and pubs in the city of Aalborg, should be closed down for 14 days to slow the spread of infection in the city. 

“The pubs in Jomfru Ane Gade will close from tomorrow for the next 14 days,” Simon Kollerup, Denmark’s business minister, said after a meeting of the parliament epidemic committee. “This is because we can see that the spread of infection in Aalborg and especially in the central districts, is seeing a significant development.” 

Over half of the new infections detected in central Aalborg can be traced to one of the 20 pubs in the street. 

Five Danish children in Syria camps could end up in Somalia, Morocco or Iran: report

The five children with Danish citizenship who are currently in camps in Syria could end up in Somalia, Morocco or Iran, the three countries from which their mother’s have come, after the Kurdish authorities controlling the camps could find no evidence that the women had committed crimes under the banner of Islamic State, meaning they cannot be put on trial in Syria. 

“If the women refuse to sign [documents] so that they can be separated from their children, they will be sent to the country of where they have citizenship, whether that is Iran, Somalia, or Morocco,” Shiyar Ali, the Nordic representative of the  Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, told the Politiken newspaper. 

Danish author Olga Ravn misses out on International Booker award 

The Danish author Olga Ravn, whose book The Employees was one of six on the shortlist to win the International Booker Price has lost out to French rival David Diop. 

The Employees described itself as “a workplace novel from the 22nd century” and covers what happens when the crew aboard a spaceship encounters a new planet.

Dragør on the point of local lockdown after infection outbreak 

The beautiful fishing village of Dragør, on the island of Amager south of Copenhagen, is currently within a whisker of a lockdwon, with 280 infected per 100,000 inhabitants over the past seven days, very close to the 300 required for an automatic lockdown. 

“I think we will close,” the municipality’s mayor Helle Barth told TV2. 

Everyone on Danish island of Bornholm told to get coronavirus test 

The Danish Agency for Patient Safety has called for everyone living on the Danish island of Bornholm to get tested for coronavirus after 20 people tested positive for a new variant. 

According to the agency, the outbreak has been contained, but it encouraged everyone who lives on Bornholm, or who visited the island around Whit Sunday on May 23rd, to get tested out of a “precautionary principle”. 

The agency did not disclose which variant had caused the outbreak. 


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