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

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Thursday
Guests show their coronapas before admission to an amusement park during Summer Days in Roskilde June 24th. Photo: Torben Christensen / 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.

EU launches Covid certificate scheme

Today, July 1st, marks the first day of the EU’s much-discussed Covid certificate scheme. 

According to the EU the digital Covid certificate “will facilitate safe free movement of citizens in the EU during the COVID-19 pandemic.” Essentially that means no quarantine measures or need to supply negative Covid tests before or after travel. 

For more information on how to comply, visit this article outlining the new scheme.

Coronapas validity extends to 96 hours

From today, a negative PCR test will result in a coronapas valid for 96 hours, up from the original 72-hour validity period. 

Also beginning July 1st, there will be more options to get a PCR test without having to book an appointment in advance, according to Danish Agency for Security of Supply. The agency’s director, Lisbet Zilmer-Johns, said it will still be possible to book an appointment for a PCR test if needed.

For practical and logistical reasons, there are some places where it will not be possible to be PCR-tested without an appointment.

Covid-19 infections hit two-week high

In the last 24 hours, 340 people have been registered infected with coronavirus in Denmark, according to the Statens Serum Institut (SSI). Today’s infection rate is the highest since 353 infected people were registered on June 16th.

However, the number of inpatients is the lowest since September last year and no deaths have been recorded in the last 24 hours.

Despite the increase in infections, and the prevalence of the particularly contagious Delta variant, Denmark is not expected to face a third wave, according to Christian Wejse, a specialist in infectious diseases and associate professor of global health at Aarhus University.

May sees significant drop in unemployment

Between April and May, Danmarks Statistik recorded the largest monthly fall in unemployment since the agency began calculating the figures using the current method in 2007.

Danish unemployment fell by 13,900 to 115,300 people from April to May. This corresponds to an unemployment rate of 4 percent.

Minister of Employment and Gender Equality Peter Hummelgaard (S) said this is a sign that Denmark is moving past the corona crisis. He attributes the decline in unemployment to the government’s aid packages and economic initiatives during the corona crisis.

Unemployment in Denmark is now at its lowest level since the Covid-19 pandemic hit Denmark last year.


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