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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the latest news on Friday

Find out what's going on in Denmark today with The Local's short roundup of news.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the latest news on Friday
Air travel with SAS increased 89 percent from June 2020 to June 2021. Photo: Tt News Agency/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

The increase in new Covid-19 cases is driven by people aged 20-29

There have been 658 new cases of Covid-19 registered in Denmark, reports the Statens Serum Institut (SSI). It’s the second day in a row with more than 600 new infections.

The number of daily infections has approximately quadrupled since reaching their lowest level in 2021 at the end of June.

It is young people between the ages of 20 and 29 who are driving the rise in cases, said Allan Randrup Thomsen, professor of virology at Copenhagen University.

Although young people face a reduced risk of serious complications with Covid-19, some young people may have serious long-term health effects from the disease, Thomsen said. And the more infected, the greater the risk of new variants, he added.

Return of the tourist? New numbers and initiatives indicate growth

It came as no surprise when tourism organisation VisitDenmark’s recent analysis found that Denmark’s top 50 attractions had 42.8 percent fewer guests in 2020, compared to 2019.

Even though Danes limited to domestic tourism helped, it wasn’t enough to offset the absence of foreign tourists. However, new numbers from the flight and hotel industries indicate a return of tourism to Denmark. 

Scandinavian airline SAS has reported 609,000 passengers in June, an increase of 89 percent from June 2020. Norwegian Airlines reported twice as many passengers in June 2021 compared to June 2020.

Hotels are also reporting improved numbers, via Danmarks Statistik. Overnight stays in hotels have increased 210 percent from May 2020 to May 2021, although they remain 53 percent lower than May 2019.

As the travel industry continues its recovery, it will need to hire additional staff. 

Copenhagen Business House (Københavns Erhvervshus) and Copenhagen’s Job Center (Jobcenter København) announced on Wednesday an effort to assist the city’s hotels, restaurants and cafes find the staff they need as the reopening continues. 

Their efforts include outreach to test centers who may soon shrink staff as test capacity is reduced.

Grocery delivery turns to digital keys in urban areas

Grocery delivery services boomed during the Covid-19 pandemic. As we continue a return toward normalcy and spend less time at home, online supermarkets like Nemlig.com are turning to digital keys to keep grocery delivery convenient. 

Through a new collaboration with the Danish company Bekey, Nemlig.com can now deliver groceries to locked staircases night and day without the customers having to be at home.

When Nemlig.com launched the option to have groceries delivered without the customer being home about a year ago, it required that the driver could place the groceries at the front door. However, it was a service most often used by customers living outside major urban areas. 

The digital key aims to open up that service to customers living in apartments. In one month, use of the digital keys for grocery delivery has grown by 50 percent. 

To see if your building has Bekey’s digital key capabilities, log in to Nemlig.com and choose a delivery time. If Bekey is installed at your address, you can select ‘Flexible Delivery’ even if you live in a locked stairwell.

Everyone over the age of 16 can now get vaccinated in Denmark

Denmark’s National Board of Health announced July 9th that everyone over the age of 16 is now invited to receive their Covid-19 vaccine. Most recently, they invited people between the ages of 30 and 34 to get vaccinated. 

Next, they will extend the offer to parents of children between the ages of 12 and 15.

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TODAY IN DENMARK

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

A rare day of sunshine, a major fire in Copenhagen, and energy companies forced to 'give back' a billion kroner are among the top news stories in Denmark on Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Sunshine ahead 

Denmark can look forward to a rare day of winter sun on Friday, according to the latest from the Danish Meteorological Institute. 

DMI meteorologist Klaus Larsen says temperatures will hover above freezing and the wind will be manageable today as the clouds part. 

It will be a brief reprieve, however — the clouds will return promptly for the weekend. Take an hour to sit yourself outside like a potted plant. 

READ ALSO: Why Denmark’s extra grey January can cause winter blues, and what might help

Massive fire in west Copenhagen due to possible explosion 

A “major” fire on Damhus Boulevard took 21 vehicles and 49 firefighters to subdue, according to tweets from the Greater Copenhagen Fire Department. 

The fire broke out in an occupied building currently undergoing renovation, the Fire Department says. A news outlet that was on the scene while the fire was still active reports the emergency began with an explosion, which appears to be corroborated by images of the scene that show debris scattered well away from the building. 

Mads Dam of the Western Copenhagen police told news agency Ritzau that he couldn’t provide any information about the cause of the fire. “It all needs to cool down before our technicians can come in and examine it,” Dam said. 

Tax minister: energy companies owe Danes a billion kroner 

Energy companies will have to fork over 1.2 billion kroner of the last year’s windfall to the Danish treasury, tax minister Jeppe Bruus told business news outlet Finans. 

“We will return that money to consumers in the forthcoming negotiations on inflation relief,” Bruus said. He added that the 1.2 billion kroner sum is a fraction of what was expected to be recovered, which had been estimated at more than 10 billion. 

In September, European Commission announced plans to cap to energy company profits as well as levy collections from fossil energy companies to the tune of 140 billion euros, news agency Ritzau reports. 

READ ALSO: How much will energy cost in 2023 in Denmark compared to 2022?

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