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

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Friday
Danish PM Mette Frederiksen waiting for her first jab on Friday morning. Photo: Philip Davali/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.

Danish PM was vaccinated against coronavirus on Friday morning  

Danish PM Mette Frederiksen received her first jab at Øksnehallen in central Copenhagen, after vaccinations began for her age group, 40 to 45-year-olds, or group 10d, 2, in the vaccination calendar. 

She said she had decided not to jump the queue, even though that would have been possible. 

“I’ve been waiting for my turn and have been called to vaccination on an equal footing with everyone else. I could have received a vaccine before, but I like the fact that you have to wait for it to be your turn,” she said. “Of course I have also considered the option scheme, but now I have been so lucky that I was still in line.” 

Sweden dissatisfied with Denmark’s response in spying case. 

Sweden’s Minister of Defense, Peter Hultqvist, is still waiting for full disclosure from the US and Danes about reports that they spied on Swedish, and other European politicians using Danish internet cables.

“I do not think we have received a satisfactory answer yet,” he told a press conference in the Swedish parliament. “We must continue the process and therefore I plan to make further contact in this matter. Not just with Denmark. We must also make further contact with the USA.” 

Number of new coronavirus cases in Denmark rises above 1,000 again

In the 24 hours up to 2pm on Thursday, 1,028 people tested positive for coronavirus in Denmark, according to the daily update from the Statens Serum Institut SSI). The proportion of positive tests was 0.81, the highest positive percentage since January.

Kasper Karmark Iversen, professor of emergency medicine and cardiology at the University of Copenhagen, said that many of the new infectious were young people who would not become seriously ill, and pointed to the steadily falling hospital rate to underline the impact of Denmark’s vaccination program. 

Just 143 patients were being treated for coronavirus in hospital, 14 down on the previous day.

Police arrest electric scooter flasher in Herning 

Police in Herning have arrested a 21-year-old man who had been driving around on an electric scooter in a park in Herning and flashing and masturbating at young women around the city’s Fuglsang Lake. 

When police were called to the scene, the man tried to make his escape on the scooter, but it skidded under him and he crashed. Police did not disclose whether he had covered himself up at the time he made his escape. 

“During the search, the speed of the scooter was up to about 50 kilometers per hour,” Bent Smedegaard, from Herning local police, told the Herning Folkeblad newspaper. 

The man has been charged with indecent exposure and had his electric scooter confiscated.

Dragør municipality calls for people to work from home 

Dragør municipality outside Copenhagen has called for citizens who can to work from home as it tries to ward off an automatic lockdown which will see schools and businesses closed. 

 


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