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

Danish schools return on January 6th following the Christmas holidays. This file photo shows pupils returning after Covid-19 lockdown in April 2020.
Danish schools return on January 6th following the Christmas holidays. This file photo shows pupils returning after Covid-19 lockdown in April 2020. File photo: Bo Amstrup/Ritzau Scanpix

Schools return from Christmas holidays

Pupils return to schools today as classes begin again on schedule. That is in line with the government’s stated aim throughout the Christmas break, during which national Covid-19 infection numbers continued to increase.

Education minister Pernille Rosenkrantz-Theil yesterday insisted that it was safe to reopen schools and said authorities would monitor the infection situation in educational settings closely. With pupils and staf encouraged to test twice weekly, free home tests are now offered.

Parliament meeting over Covid-19 restrictions

Health spokespersons from the various parliamentary parties have been summoned for talks with the health minister, Magnus Heunicke, this afternoon.

When the current Covid-19 restrictions were announced in December, parliament agreed to make an assessment by January 5th as to whether it will be necessary to keep the measures in place beyond January 17th. 

Several parties now support easing restrictions after health authorities said the Omicron variant normally causes more mild disease than the previously-dominant Delta variant, but the government has so far rejected calls to make changes.

READ ALSO: Covid-19: Denmark could return to ‘normal life in two months’

Covid-19 admissions put hospitals under strain

With 794 people now in Danish hospitals with Covid-19, the country’s health system is feeling the strain of the ongoing high infection rate, an expert yesterday told news wire Ritzau.

229 new admissions, the highest throughout the epidemic, occurred on Monday. They were offset to some extent by discharges, but the net figure for people in hospital with the virus has increased.

“In our region we are moving patients from one hospital to another because of (capacity), and we are constantly trying to even things out between hospitals,” Kasper Karmark Iversen, senior medical consultant and professor at the University of Copenhagen and Herlev-Gentofte Hospital, told Ritzau.

“But we are beginning to feel the strain now,” he said.

Christian Eriksen sets sights on World Cup return

Men’s national football team playmaker Christian Eriksen, who went into cardiac arrest at the European Championships and has since been fitted with a pacemaker, hopes to play in the World Cup in Qatar at the end of this year.

“I want to play football. There’s no reason not to do that,” Eriksen said in an excerpt released Tuesday of a longer interview to be aired later this week on public broadcaster DR.

“They (the doctors) have said fine. They’ve said it’s ‘good’. So everything is stable, and it feels like I’ve got the green light to play football again,” he said.

Eriksen also thanked the public for the outpouring of support he has received since collapsing on the pitch at Copenhagen’s Parken stadium last June.

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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.