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

Find out what's going on in Denmark today with The Local's short roundup of the news in less than five minutes.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the latest news on Thursday
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Flight arrives in Copenhagen with 84 evacuated from Afghanistan: Foreign ministry 

A flight holding 84 evacuees from Afghanistan, most of them local employees, translators and their families, arrived in Copenhagen on Thursday morning, the country’s foreign ministry said. 

The flight landed on Monday in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, with the 84 on board then transferred to Dubai, from where they flew to Copenhagen on Wednesday night. 

The Dubai flight follows an earlier flight that landed in Copenhagen on Monday, which carried 14 Norwegians and one person with residency rights in Denmark. 

Denmark sees highest number of Covid-19 infections since July 

Denmark registered 1,193 new coronavirus infections in the 24 hours to 2pm on Wednesday, the highest number since July 28th and well above the range of between 700 and 1,000 cases where the daily rate has fluctuated in recent weeks. 

“This is unfortunately not a sign that the infection is falling for the time being,” said Henrik Nielsen, professor and consultant at Aalborg University Hospital. “Luckily hospitals aren’t under pressure and the infection rate is relatively stable and we can expect it to stay that way in coming weeks.” 

On Wednesday there were 105 patients being treated in hospital in Denmark for coronavirus. The number had stayed below a hundred between June 16th and August 10th. 

Danish Health Authority cuts definition of ‘close contact’ to one metre

The Danish Health Authority said in a press release on Wednesday that it was cutting the distance required to be considered “in close contact” with someone who has tested positive from two metres to one metre. Previously anyone who had been 2m from someone who tests positive for 15 minutes or more was required to self-isolate and get tested. 

Those who have been in close contact with someone who has been in close contact with someone who tests positive will also no longer need to take a Covid-19 test. 

“We know that the vaccine gives good protection against getting infected with the Delta variant and against getting seriously ill from Covid-19, which is why we are adjusting our contact tracing guidelines so it’s a little less intrusive on our everyday lives,” said Helene Probst, the agency’s vice director. 

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Copenhagen Pride, billions raised for the Ukraine war effort, and a steamy weekend ahead are among the top news stories in Denmark on Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Copenhagen Pride kicks off 

Copenhagen Pride begins this weekend with events across the city, from film screenings and concerts to historical walking tours and good-old-fashioned parties — here’s the full schedule of events.

You’ll have to wait until next weekend for the iconic Copenhagen pride parade. 

Donors raise 10.8 billion kroner for Ukraine 

Representatives for 26 countries convened in Copenhagen for a fundraiser for Ukraine, ultimately committing to more than 10.8 billion kroner (that’s over $1.5 billion) to support training and equipment this year and the next. 

France, Germany and the United States have yet to announce how much they contributed to the impressive total, but Denmark and the UK, the two countries behind the fundraiser, have revealed their supplemental donations were $114 million and almost $300 million, respectively. 

“Our partners know that we need funding and they articulated readiness to support us financially,” Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov said, according to the Agence France-Presse 
“That is a marathon and for a marathon you need energy and frankly
speaking, the main energy in this case is money.” 

READ MORE: Denmark’s government supports EU candidacy for Ukraine 

Brace for heat 

We’re in for a steamy weekend, according to the Danish Meteorological Association. 

Forecasts predict cloudless skies Saturday and Sunday with temperatures between 25 and 30 degrees — perhaps as high as 32 on Saturday. 

If you decide to break out the grill, though, be mindful — Danish Emergency Services says the warm weather and recent lack of rain mean an elevated risk for fires this weekend. 

READ MORE: Three great open-air swimming spots in Copenhagen 

Minister of Justice calls for meeting with…football fans 

Football players and fan club leaders have been invited to meet with Danish minister of justice Mattias Tesfaye after yet another week of unrest surrounding matches, TV2 Lorry reports. 

Tesfaye says he’s willing to do what’s necessary to make the stadium environment safe for the 99 percent of fans who come for “football and partying.” Possible measures include making penalties harsher for crimes connected with games (again) and increasing police presence.

This follows several weeks of dust-ups between rival fans, fans and stadium staff, and fans and police that sent several to hospital and involved considerable destruction at various stadiums.