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

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 Wednesday
Islands Brygges Havnebad, a popular Copenhagen swimming spot, in 2007. Photo: Kars Alfrink/Flickr

Aarhus football fans urged to test for Covid 

The municipality of Aarhus asks residents who attended Euro Cup events to get tested for the coronavirus, according to Danish news agency Ritzau. 

Covid cases have been on the rise in Aarhus – with 710 new infections over the previous seven days – and the Danish Agency for Patient Safety informed Aarhus officials that many of the infected had identified football events and Euro Cup festivities as possible contact points. 

Aarhus has the third highest incidence rate of all of Denmark’s municipalities, with 202.1 Covid cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the last week. Copenhagen, with the highest incidence rate, tallied 1,472 new cases over the same time period for a rate of 212.7 cases per 100,000. 

READ MORE: Danish health officials scold young people as Covid cases continue to rise

Possible Danish case of serious side effects after J&J vaccine

The Danish Medicines Agency has received the first report of a rare but serious side effect from the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. A patient – a 29-year-old woman, according to DR medical correspondent Peter Geisling – has experienced blood clots, bleeding and a low number of platelets, the DMA says. It’s a possible case of vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia, or VITT syndrome, and would be Denmark’s first in connection with J&J.

Over 46,280 people in Denmark have been vaccinated with the J&J vaccine, according to the latest data from Danish infectious disease agency the Statens Serum Institut. The J&J shot was removed from the national scheme in the spring, but a majority vote in the Folketing – the Danish Parliament – approved its use in an optional scheme available to certain demographics after consultation with a doctor. 

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine fundamentally differs from Moderna and Pfizer in that it uses DNA, rather than mRNA, to teach the immune system to recognise the spike proteins on the surface of the coronavirus. There have been no cases of VITT syndrome reported in connection with Moderna and Pfizer in Denmark, but three in connection with the Astra Zeneca vaccine. 

READ MORE: Denmark gives woman compensation for Covid-19 vaccine side effects 

Come on in, the water’s fine – Copenhagen harbour back open for swimming 

After several days of wastewater contamination at popular swim spots due to the weekend’s heavy rains, green flags are again flying across the port of Copenhagen, according to the Danish “bathing forecast”.

Islands Brygges Havnebad, Halfdansgade Badezone, Fisketorvets Havnebad and Kalvebod Bølge are all back on the market in time for this week’s sticky summer heat. 

READ MORE: These are Denmark’s 13 new perfect swim spots

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

Police give more details on the Copenhagen shooting, SAS negotiations could end today and cooler summer weather are among the main stories in Denmark this Monday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

Copenhagen shooting suspect known to mental health services 

Police in Denmark have confirmed the gunman who killed three people and wounded several others in a shooting at the Field’s mall in Copenhagen on Sunday, was known to mental health services. Police said they believe he acted alone and there was no sign of terrorism.

The three killed have been identified as a Danish woman and man, both aged 17, and a 47-year-old Russian citizen residing in Denmark.

Another four were injured in the shooting: two Danish women, aged 19 and 40, and two Swedish citizens, a 50-year-old man and a 16-year-old woman.

Field’s shopping mall won’t open until at least next Monday, according to its website. Most roads have now opened, apart from the area right around Field’s and the shopping mall car park.

Trains and the metro are also running as usual to and from Ørestad Station, which is located at Field’s.


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SAS negotiations deadline today

SAS hope to find a solution in their negotiations with the airline’s pilots about their salary and working conditions by midday today. Talks resumed on Sunday morning before the extended deadline of midday on Monday. If an agreement can’t be reached, it could mean that up to a thousand pilots will go on strike.

The pilots are employed by SAS’s parent company, SAS Scandinavia, and have announced strike action because they are not satisfied with their salary and working conditions at SAS.

In addition, the pilots are dissatisfied with the fact that instead of re-employing old SAS pilots, priority is given to hiring new pilots on cheaper agreements in the two subsidiaries SAS Link and SAS Connect.

On Saturday morning, when the parties stated that they would continue the negotiations up until and including Monday at 12 noon, there was hope of being able to land an agreement.

People in Denmark can save millions of litres of petrol with more bike rides

People living in Denmark are known for their love of cycling but it is hoped the Tour de France will encourage even more people to choose their bike over their car.

Calculations from DI Transport show that if people in Denmark started cycling 10 percent more instead of using the car, then 7.7 million litres of petrol and 4.8 million litres of diesel could be saved each year.

“If you replace the car with the bike, it is just a win-win on all fronts. You save petrol costs and get more exercise, and at the same time you help the climate and reduce congestion on the roads”, Karsten Lauritzen, industry director at DI Transport said.

Cool summer weather coming Denmark’s way

Although Monday starts with sunshine, it will quickly turn to cloud with some rain, according to the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI).

Monday’s temperatures will vary between 17 and 20 degrees. It’s a similar picture for the rest of the week, with DMI forecasting cooler temperatures and showers. Thursday is predicted to be the warmest day of the week, where temperatures may reach over 20 degrees but with some rain.

“It is not exactly the best beach weather if you are on a west-facing coast”, according to Bolette Brødsgaard from DMI, due to the strong westerly winds from Wednesday onwards. However she adds that “every day it will be possible to get something good out of the weather – it is after all summer. It’s just a matter of finding a shelter or keeping an eye on the radar when it rains.”