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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the 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.

A parliamentary commission will today Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen over her government's illegal decision last year to cull all farmed minks.
A parliamentary commission will today Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen over her government's illegal decision last year to cull all farmed minks.Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

New Covid-19 restrictions  

The government last night presented a series of new restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of Covid-19.

The announcement came with infection rates at record levels and the Omicron variant now being transmitted in the community, meaning cases are no longer solely related to travellers infected abroad.

Schools are to close for Christmas a week early, with the last few days of term consisting of remote lessons. The validity period of vaccines in the coronapas is reduced, nightclubs and bars must shut at midnight and home working is now advised as far as possible.

We’ve set out all the new measures and recommendations in this report.

Christmas church services not affected by restrictions 

Church services have been avoided in the new Covid-19 restrictions, Danish Health Authority director Søren Brostrøm said at last night’s briefing.

“We have not considered additional measures at places of worship and the Church of Denmark, well aware as we are that it is a time when more people go to church,” Brostrøm said.

Last year saw many Christmas church services cancelled at very short notice as restrictions were introduced.

“I’ll do all I can from my side to avoid repeating that,” Brostrøm said.

Prime Minister to be grilled over decision to cull minks

A parliamentary commission will today Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen over her government’s illegal decision last year to cull all farmed minks nationwide over fears of a new coronavirus strain.

Formerly the world’s leading exporter of mink fur, the Scandinavian country in November last year controversially decided to kill all of its 15-17 million minks after studies suggested the variant found in some of the animals could jeopardise the effectiveness of future vaccines.

The commission, which has been underway for several weeks and has already spoken to many senior government staffers and officials, is seeking to determine whether Frederiksen was aware that the order had no legal basis — a fact that emerged soon after the cull was underway and led the country’s agriculture minister to resign.

READ ALSO: Danish PM Frederiksen to be questioned over Covid-19 mink culls

Denmark extends navy detention of four pirates off Africa

A court in Denmark yesterday extended a Danish navy vessel’s detention of four pirates off the coast of West Africa, a lawyer said, after a deadly gunfight at sea last month.

“The judge extended their detention by 14 days,” Birgitte Skjodt, a lawyer representing one of the four men, told news wire AFP.

The men were detained after a clash with the Danish navy in the Gulf of Guinea off the coast of Nigeria on November 24th.

Four others were killed in the exchanges, Denmark’s armed forces have said, while a ninth pirate fell overboard.

READ ALSO: Danish navy kills four pirates off Nigeria during PM visit to region

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

Danish defence minister takes leave to 'unplug', antibiotic recalled, online store reaches union deal, and rail staff report abuse. Here's some of the latest news from Denmark.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

Denmark’s new defence minister on sick leave to ‘unplug’

Denmark’s Defence Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Jakob Ellemann-Jensen on Monday said he was taking sick leave for an undetermined period, hardly two months after a new government took power.

The 49-year-old said he was admitted briefly to hospital last week for “nausea”, just after returning from Ukraine.

“I was eager to go back to work immediately. But now that it’s been a few days I have to realise I’m not ready for this,” he said on Facebook.  “I have been unusually busy for a long time. Now my body is sending me a signal that it’s time to take a break, if not it’s going to end badly,” he said.

“The bottom line is that, on the advice of my doctor, I need to unplug for a while and take leave. And then I will return when I’m ready.”

Economy Minister Troels Lund Poulsen will fill in for Ellemann-Jensen during his absence, the government said.

His absence comes as Danes protest against government plans to abolish a public holiday to help fund the defence budget amid the war in Ukraine.

Danish vocab: orlov – furlough/leave

Danish medicines authority recalls antibiotic used by 35,000 people

The Danish Medicines Agency, Lægemiddelstyrelsen, said on Monday that persons using the antibiotic medicine Dicillin, produced by Sandoz, should return it to pharmacies to be replaced.

The medicines authority issued the instructions in a press statement on Monday after multi-resistant bacteria known as CPO were detected in nine cases in patients who have taken the antibiotic.

The nine cases were detected over a four-month period.

Around 35,000 people in Denmark were prescribed the antibiotic between September and December last year, according to the Danish Patient Data Authority (Sundhedsdatastyrelsen).

Danish vocab: en tilbagekaldelse – a recall

Danish online store agrees long-awaited union deal with drivers

Danish online supermarket Nemlig.com has reached an agreement for working terms for its drivers with the trade union 3F Transport.

The two sides confirmed the new agreement in a statement on Monday.

Nemlig grew considerably as a business during the Covid-19 pandemic as large numbers of supermarket customers chose to have their groceries delivered instead of going to physical stores.

But the online supermarket has courted controversy over reports its parent company Intervare undepaid drivers.

Under the new agreement, Nemlig will be able to hire its own drivers. The company said in the statement that it will implement new terms for existing subcontracted drivers under the same conditions.

Danish vocab: en overenskomst – an agreement

Danish rail staff report high incidence of abuse at work

Staff on board Denmark’s trains are subjected to both physical and verbal abuse when at work, rail employees said in a survey.

In the survey, conducted by the trade union for rail workers Dansk Jernbaneforbund, one in five rail staff said they had received physical abuse at work at some point during the last three months.

Almost 80 percent meanwhile said they had received verbal abuse during the last three months.

Some 415 rail workers took part in the survey.

The abuse is most likely to occur when staff check the validity of passengers’ tickets.

Danish vocab: togansatte – rail workers

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