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

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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

“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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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.