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

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Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Wednesday
The Danish actor Thomas Guldberg Madsen plays the father in the Danish short film In the Soil. Photo: In the Soil

Danish minister slams UEFA for handling of Eriksen collapse

Denmark’s culture minister, Joy Mogensen, has criticised the European football association Uefa for its handling of collapse of Danish striker Christian Eriksen at a match last Saturday. 

“I do not think that Uefa have proven themselves good leaders of some very, very committed athletes, who of course are incredibly affected by watching their teammate battling with death,” Mogensen told Denmark’s TV2 channel.

After Eriksen suffered an on-pitch cardiac arrest, his teammates were given a choice of resuming the match against Finland that afternoon or waiting until midday the next day. 

Danish film selected for ‘Best Short Film’ shortlist at Cannes

The Danish short film “Det er i Jorden” (In the Soil) directed by Casper Kjeldsen, has made the shortlist for Best Short Film at the Cannes Film Festival, the festival said in a press release on Wednesday.

The film is about a girl who struggles with a mentally ill father. The father always makes plans, and the latest plan is both scary and surprising. The award will be given out on July 17th. 

100,000 non-Western residents hit by special housing demand

As many as 100,000 people in Denmark may be forced to move apartments as a result of the government’s controversial political agreement to counter “parallel societies”, Denmark’s housing minister Kaare Dybvad Bek has said in an interview with Ritzau. 

“We can see that over the last twenty years, that there has been growing segregation and that our cities have become more divided. Children growing up in vulnerable housing areas do not get the same opportunities as children growing up elsewhere,” he said. 

“The only way we can ensure that we meet each other in everyday life is to ensure that there are mixed districts and that there are no places where we have a very segregated population composition as we have today.” 

Denmark registers lowest number of new infected since September 

In the 24 hours running up to 2pm on Tuesday, 222 new cases of Covid-19 were registered in Denmark, the lowest number since September 6th last year, the country’s SSI infectious diseases agency has said. 

The cases were found through 81,080 PCR tests, giving a test positivity of 0.27, among the lowest level seen since last summer. 

The country’s health minister, Magnus Heunicke, said that the country was seeing a clear “seasonal effect”, with people spending more time outside and so infecting each other less. The reproduction number is now 0.8 he said, meaning the pandemic is in retreat, with every ten people infected infecting only eight more.

Greenland suspends flights after virus returns

Greenland will suspend air and sea travel from its capital Nuuk to counter a resurgence of Covid-19 on the huge Arctic island, after months when no cases were reported at all, local media reported on Tuesday.

The autonomous Danish territory managed to contain the epidemic early on by imposing strict measures such as quarantine, but has recorded an increase in cases in recent weeks.

Of a total 49 recorded cases since the beginning of the pandemic, nine are currently active in the territory which has some 56,000 inhabitants. Read our story here

Denmark’s armed forces release photos of Russian jet which violated airspace

Denmark’s armed forces have shared close-up photos of the Russian Sukhoi Su​-30 jets which violated Danish airspace twice on Friday in what Denmark’s defence minister has called “a deliberate provocation”.

“It cannot be seen as anything other than a deliberate and intentional provocation when you ignore warnings like this,” Denmark’s defence minister, Trine Bramsen, told TV2 after briefing the parliament’s foreign policy committee. Read our story here. 

Danish Social Democrats slump in polls as corona effect wears off

Denmark’s ruling Social Democrats have plummetted in a new poll, adding to growing evidence that the “pandemic boost” the party has enjoyed since last March is wearing off.

The poll for the Berlingske newspaper by opinion researchers Kantar Gallup, found that 26.7 percent of voters planned to vote for the party, down from a high of 33.1 percent at the party’s polling peak last June. Read our story here

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

A Danish school evacuated due to a sickening smell, Nigeria prosecuting Danish soldiers in piracy case, and a ringing endorsement for fourth Covid-19 jabs are among the top news stories in Denmark on Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

‘Unpleasant smell’ that sickened children at Danish school is unexplained 

 An Aarhus-area school was evacuated on Thursday after a mysterious smell appeared to be related to new headaches, coughs, and runny noses in students and teachers, newswire Ritzau reports. 

Suspecting some kind of chemical spill, school management reached out to emergency services — but police, the fire brigade and emergency medical responders were unable to identify the cause, according to a tweet by the East Jutland Police. 

However, authorities were able to rule out a chemical spill, police tell broadcaster TV2, and the investigation is ongoing. 

ICYMI: Recent Covid-19 booster jab offers good protection, Danish agency says 

People who received the most recent round of Covid-19 boosters are at significantly lower risk for hospitalisation, according to a recent analysis by the State Serum Institute, Denmark’s infectious disease agency. 

Having a second booster (for most, that would be your fourth dose) provides “around 75 percent better” protection against hospital admission than just three doses, writes Bolette Søborg, senior medical consultant at the SSI, on the agency’s website. 

READ ALSO: Can you get a second Covid-19 booster in Denmark if you are not in a risk group? 

Nigeria to prosecute Danish soldiers involved in piracy case 

This week, Copenhagen District Court began to hear the case against a Nigerian man authorities say is a pirate who participated in an attack on a Danish vessel off the coast of Nigeria in November 2021. 

But now, Nigeria has announced its intention to prosecute the Danish soldiers involved in the same incident, in which four Nigerian nationals were killed. 

“We demand that Denmark release the remaining Nigerian in Danish custody. We demand an apology from Denmark to Nigeria for the behavior of the frigate,” says Nicholas Ella, director of the legal department in Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign affairs, according to newspaper Weekendavisen.  

Ella describes the firefight as the “direct murder of people on the boat,” Weekendavisen reports.