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

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Monday
Danish transport minister Benny Engelbrecht came to came to the Høje TClaus Bech/Ritzau Scanpixaastrup station to greet the train. Photo:
Find out what's going on in Denmark today with The Local's short roundup of the news in less than five minutes.

Two kindergartens and one school closed in Denmark due to Delta variant

Korskildeskolen near Næstved on Zealand, the Småfolket kindergarten in Haslev, Zealand, and Ellevang Dagtilbud in Aarhus have all been closed after one or more of the children’s parents tested positive to the highly infectious Delta variant of coronavirus. 

The Delta variant was first discovered in Denmark on April 2nd, 2021, and has since been identified 320 times, the SSI infectious diseases agency said on Saturday. 

The agency said the new Delta Plus variant has also been identified in samples taken from a passenger arriving from Portuful.

Danes can travel to Germany without a coronavirus test

From Sunday, June 27th, Danish residents coming into Germany by car, boar or train, will no longer need to show a negative coronavirus test or fill in a digital entry form to enter the country. 

The rules for entry have been relaxed after the German authorities lifted Denmark’s status as a “risk area”, ruling the country “yellow” in its traffic light system.

Travellers arriving in Germany by plane will still, however, need to show either a rapid test less than 48 hours old or a PCR test less than 72 hours old. 

Night trains return to Denmark after seven years 

The Swedish train company Snälltåget on Saturday sent the first of its new night trains, with the Stockholm-Berlin train stopping in Høje Taastrup outside Copenhagen on its way to down to Germany. 

Benny Engelbrecht, Denmark’s transport minister, came to the platform to meet the train and make a short speech. 

“We have high expectations for the route, because we are expanding the market for night trains,” said Marco Andersson, sales manager in the Swedish company. “In addition, there is great interest in traveling by train and night train, seen from an environmental perspective.” 

Denmark stopped running night trains to Europe in 2014. 

The Snälltåget train leaves Stockholm at 16.20, stops at the Danish station at 22.45, and then arrives in Berlin at 8.52 the following morning. 

Rise in number hospitalised for coronavirus in Denmark

The number of people being treated in hospital with coronavirus rose by three to 66 in the 24 hours to 2pm on Sunday, while 174 new cases were registered. One more death was registered, bringing the total death toll in Denmark due to the virus to 2,532. 

Jubilant fans crowd Denmark’s streets after country makes Euro quarter-finals 

Denmark’s victory over Wales on Saturday led to wild celebrations across Denmark, with the victory taking the country into the quarter-finals on the anniversary of its Euro victory 29 years ago. 

Fans in Copenhagen blocked traffic and filled the city’s central squares.  Fans, including prime minister Mette Frederiksen, had also travelled in large numbers to Amsterdam to support the team.


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