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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

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

The validity period for Denmark's coronapas could be shortened on Monday.
The validity period for Denmark's coronapas could be shortened on Monday.File photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix

Politicians to consider new coronapas rules 

Parliament’s Epidemic Committee will today meet to decide whether to green-light changes to coronapas rules first requested by the government last week.

The government wants to reduce the validity period for the Covid-19 health pass to five months after both the second vaccine dose (currently seven months) and previous infection (currently six months).

The rule change is likely to be approved with a majority of parties already having confirmed they support it.

READ ALSO: What are Denmark’s current coronapas rules?

Soldiers back on border control duty

Denmark’s military will today return to border control duties on the border with Germany, broadcaster DR writes.

Police in South Jutland are usually assisted by the military in undertaking Denmark’s longstanding temporary checks at the border with Germany, but the soldiers were recently redeployed to assisted at Covid-19 vaccination centres.

19,248 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday

The State Serum Institute, Denmark’s infectious disease agency, dais on Sunday that 19,248 new cases of Covid-19 had been recorded over the previous day.

That total is higher than on Saturday, when under 13,000 new cases of the virus were registered, but still some way short of the 25,000-28,000 cases registered on several days last week.

The test positivity rate on Sunday was 9.14 percent, which also represents a drop cpompared to earlier in January.

723 people are currently in hospital with Covid-19 (including people admitted for other reasons who have tested positive for the virus).

READ ALSO: IN NUMBERS: Has the Omicron Covid-19 wave peaked in Denmark?

Inflation decreased slightly at end of 2021

Inflation fell by 0.3 percent between November and December last year and is now at 3.1 percent.

Despite the slight drop, the inflation rate is still high and price increases are at their highest level since 2012, DR writes.

“It is likely that increasing inflation and record strain (shortages) on the labour market will drive up wages, thereby sustaining inflation,” Nykredit senior economist Palle Sørensen told the broadcaster.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Wednesday

Lower fees for using Visa-Dankort abroad, more parents choosing private midwives, and record inflation are among the top news stories in Denmark on Wednesday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Wednesday

In case you missed it: here’s who is eligible for monkeypox vaccines 

Denmark will now offer monkeypox vaccinations to all men who have sex with men and have multiple sexual partners. Previously, the shots were only given to people who had been in close contact with a confirmed case.

It’s important to emphasize that anyone can get monkeypox from close contact, not just men who have sex with men.

READ MORE: Monkeypox: Denmark to offer vaccination to at-risk group

Denmark sees highest inflation since 1983 

Consumer prices have climbed 8.7 percent since July 2021, according to figures from the government agency Statistics Denmark. It’s the highest rate of inflation the country has experienced since 1983.

Skyrocketing prices for food, electricity, and fuel are driving the change to price indices, newswire Ritzau reports. 

READ MORE: Will house prices in Denmark ever fall? 

Danske Bank lowers fees for purchases abroad 

An order goes into effect Wednesday requiring Danske Bank to charge customers less when paying in foreign currencies. 

Earlier this year, the Competition Council determined both Danske Bank and Nordea added unreasonable surcharges to purchases abroad — 1.5 percent within the EU and 2 percent for the rest of the world. 

As per the Competition Council’s findings, Danske Bank must drop the currency exchange surcharge altogether within the EU and reduce the rate to 1.5 percent outside the bloc. 

Danske Bank has already appealed the decision and will argue their case before a judge at the Copenhagen District Court.

READ MORE: Danish banks raise interest rates but many remain negative 

Business booms for private midwives 

Demand for private midwives has increased steadily over the past five years as cuts to the public system have left midwives there overburdened, broadcaster DR reports

The number of parents-to-be applying for subsidies for private midwives jumped 17 percent from 2020 to 2021 alone, data from health insurance agency Sygeforsikring Danmark show. 

Parents cite a desire for more personalised attention, DR finds. In particular, new parents are eager for more frequent pre-natal scans and more help breastfeeding after baby is born. 

READ MORE: Denmark presents plan to hire 100 more staff at maternity wards 

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