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

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Tuesday
Fans warming up at Sankt Hans Square in Copenhgaen. 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.

Thousands celebrate Danish football victory on Monday night

Tens of thousands celebrated wildly in streets all over Denmark on Monday after the country’s 4-1 victory over Russia brought it successfully out of the Group stage of the Euro2020 tournament. 

Goals from Mikkel Damsgaard, Yussuf Poulsen, Andreas Christensen. and Joakim Maehle gave the Danes their first win of the tournament on a joyous evening at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen.

In Aarhus, spectators who had been watching the match at two outdoor big-screen converged on the city centre after the victory, thronging the Frederiksgade and Mølleparken districts.

Stig Heidemann from the East Jutland Police said that several thousand people had joined the street party. 

“There have been some complaints about the music, singing and partying, which is quite natural, but there has been no trouble anywhere,” he said. 

A video from a major crossroads in Nørrebro, Copenhagen, showed two groups of people facing, one another and hailing the Danish striker who collapsed on pitch in the first match of the compeition, with one  group shouting “Christian”, and the other replying “Eriksen”.

Sankt Hans celebrations to go ahead across Denmark

People in Denmark will be able to light their traditional Sankt Hans bonfires everywhere in Denmark after Danske Beredskaber, the agency representing the country’s 24 municipal fire services, ruled that, after recent rainfall, there was only a limited wildfire risk. 

The local fire services met on Monday to discuss how conditions had changed since last Wednesday, when the fire hazard index was showing an increased risk of wildfires in Denmark. 

The only place in Denmark where no bonfire can be held is the island of Anholt, where there is a permanent, all-year-round ban on open fires. 

In a press release, the fire services noted that many of the official Sankt Hans celebrations had been cancelled, and gave recommendations on how to celebrate safely. 

The Copenhagen fire services tweeted out an image on how to position a fire to cut the risk of fire spreading. 

Aarhus hit-and-run driver arrested 

A 20-year-old man who fled in his car after running over a police officer in Aarhus on Friday has been arrested, East Jutland Police said a tweet on Monday night.

The man can be held until July 16th, a court in Aarhus ruled, after the arresting, finding there was “reasonable suspicion” that he had been the driver of the car. The man has pleaded “not guilty”. 

TV2 East Jutland had in January interviewed the man for a feature about joy riders, in which he boasted about his dangerous driving. 

“I’m a very dangerous driver myself. I am known as the crazy motorist around here,” he said when TV2 interiewed him at a petrol station. “I jump reds all the time. Just because there’s a red light never stops me. If it’s free, I just drive.” 

Covid-19 infection rates continue to fall in Denmark

149 new corona cases were registered in Denmark in the 24 hours leading up to 2pm on Monday, according to the country’s infectious diseases agency, Statens Serum Institut (SSI). This is the lowest number since the beginning of September.

“These are some nice low infection rates. It’s been going on for some time, so it looks promising. Overall, it is going in the right direction, although, of course, we are constantly aware of the Delta variant,” said Allan Randrup Thomsen, a virologist at Copenhagen University. 

Danish Justice Ministry to hold press meet on corona situation ahead of holidays

At 11am, Denmark’s justice ministry is holding a press conference along with the country’s health authorities to give an update on the situation ahead of the summer holidays, looking in particular at test capacity, contact tracing, the more infectious Delta variant, the Euro2020 championships, and the changes coming in as part of phase four of reopening. 

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