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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

Why the US climate deal is a boon for Denmark, a plan to help first-time home buyers, and a prince and princess at your child's high school are among the top news stories in Denmark on Monday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

Liberal party to propose tax deductions for first-time home buyers 

While the government remains skeptical, the Liberal Party (Venstre) will Monday present its plan to make home ownership more accessible in Denmark. 

Under the proposal, first-time home buyers could receive a 20 percent tax reduction on up to 50,000 kroner per year for five years, according to newspaper Berlingske. In five years, a couple could together save 500,000 kroner and get a tax benefit of 100,000 kroner. 

How the Liberal Party would fund the tax benefit, which is estimated to cost 1 billion kroner a year, remains unclear. While they count with the support of the Conservatives and the Danish People’s Party, the government opposes the plan.

READ MORE: Danish apartment sales cool to eight-year low  

Green energy sector in Denmark to see boost from US climate plan 

The United States Senate passed a $370 billion package — that’s 2.7 trillion kroner — earmarked for reducing the emission of greenhouse gases by 2030. A considerable chunk of that money could end up in Denmark, according to green energy experts, and particularly in the pockets of Danish wind energy companies. 

The USA also has its own companies that will bid,” says Kristian Jensen of business organisation Green Power Denmark. “But we can see that the Danish wind turbine manufacturers are unique in terms of having high quality and long durability of the turbines.” 

READ MORE: Danish offshore wind could help Europe ditch fossil fuels 

Danish royal students go mainstream 

After a TV2 documentary revealed a culture of bullying at elite boarding school Herlufsholm, the royal family pulled Prince Christian, 16, and Princess Isabella, 15, from their enrollments. 

At the start of the new term today, Isabella begins at Ingrid Jespersens Gymnasium in Østerbro and Christian will attend Ordrup Gymnasium in Charlottenlund, about 20 minutes’ drive north of Copenhagen. 

“What characterizes the chosen schools is that they are quite normal,” says Thomas Larsen, political editor at Radio4 and author of books on the Danish royals. “It is not a boarding school that is largely reserved for the children of the elite. And therefore I believe that the choices they have made now will be well received by the Danes.”  

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