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
Danish PM Mette Frederiksen waiting for her first jab on Friday morning. Photo: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix

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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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.