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
Students at Nørre Gymnasium in Copenhagen back in 2012. Photo: Jeppe Bjørn Vejlø/Jeppe Vejlø/Ritzau Scanpix

Danish government strikes deal to restructure health system around 21 ‘health clusters’ 

Denmark’s government has struck a deal with the Danish Regions and the National Association of Local Authorities to create 21 “health clusters”, which will allow more seamless cooperation between regional health authorities, municipalities and primary health care centres. 

The new clusters will be based around the country’s 21 emergency care hospitals, and are designed to ensure better coordination for treatment of the elderly, psychiatric patients, and people with chronic disease, where responsibility for treatment is split between different levels of government. 

In a press release, Magnus Heunicke, Denmark’s health minister, said the move showed the government taking long overdue action to counter the problem of poor coordination. 

“We are now seriously tackling the challenge of lack of coherence. It has been the Achilles heel of health care for far too many years,” he said. 

Danish government strikes deal for tighter regulation of admission at upper secondary schools

Denmark’s government has struck a political deal with parties representing a majority in the parliament to reform the admissions system for Danish upper secondary schools. There will now be a dual system, with parental income playing a greater role in schools in the big cities, and a minimum number of students set for small schools in rural areas. 

Missing Bornholm man found dead in the Søndre Bådehavn harbour

A 20-year-old man who had been missing since he left a party in Rønne, the main city on the island of Bornholm early on Monday morning, has been found dead in the city’s Søndre Bådehavn harbour. 

Volunteers from the organisation Missing People, and the sea rescue services had all been searching for the man, sending up a drone to search over the water. 

Number of Covid-19 patients in Danish hospitals hits 8-month low

There are currently only 120 patients being treated for coronavirus in Denmark’s hospitals, the lowest number in eight months, and 475 new infections registered in the last 24 hours, the country’s health minister, Magnus Heunicke, said at a press conference on Thursday. The number of patients is down 88 percent since the peak seen at the start of January. 

At the same time, the pace of vaccinations is picking up with 70,000 doses given a day over the past three days, he said.  

Killing Denmark’s minks cost half a billion kroner 

The bill for the Danish government’s decision to order the death of all Denmark’s 15m minks in order to prevent the spread of new variants of Covid-19 came to 600 million kroner, according to a memo sent to the Danish parliament’s finance committee. 

This sum covers only the killing of the minks, the equipment needed, and the cleaning and disinfection that needed to be carried out. It doesn’t include the cost of burying the carcasses and then excavating and incinerating them, let alone the cost of reimbursing farmers for their losses. 

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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.