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TODAY IN DENMARK

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

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

Denmark's Clara Tauson in action at the 2021 US Open. The Danish player plays her first match at this year's Australian Open on Tuesday.
Denmark's Clara Tauson in action at the 2021 US Open. The Danish player plays her first match at this year's Australian Open on Tuesday. Photo: Sarah Stier / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

Politicians to hold talks over high energy prices

The rocketing costs of energy are becoming an increasingly important talking point and political parties will begin negotiations on the issue today, broadcaster DR writes.

Both electricity and petrol have increased significantly in price making everyday living costs in Denmark notably higher.

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Minister for Climate and Energy Dan Jørgensen has invited representatives from other parties to initial talks about the high energy prices prior to negotiations over potential measures.

The government takes the issue “very seriously”, the minister told DR in a written statement, but no specific plan for a response has yet been outlined.

Prime minister touts easing of Covid restrictions due to falling number of ICU patients

Denmark yesterday registered a record number of new Covid-19 infections in a day. In spite of this, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said the country could be in a position to consider easing the current restrictions. That is because the number of patients in intensive care because of disease caused by Covid is falling. The number of patients in hospital who have Covid (not just ICU patients) has also been stable in recent weeks.

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The number of infections and number of hospitalised patients are not as closely correlated as they “once were”, Frederiksen said in an interview with newspaper Ekstra Bladet.

“Of course we are at a place and in a situation where we must re-evaluate not only the current restrictions, of which there are not many remaining, but how we manage the situation in its entirety. That’s certainly what we’re doing in the government now,” she said.

Danish tennis star playing opening match at Australian Open

Denmark’s number one tennis player Clara Tauson is playing her first match at this year’s Australian Open in Melbourne as I write (and is level in the first set).

Tauson is playing against world number 97 Astra Sharma in the first round. The best male Danish player, Holger Rune, is already out of the tournament having lost on Monday.

Melbourne is the scene of the greatest moment in Danish tennis history, when Caroline Wozniacki became the only Dane to win a Grand Slam tournament in 2018.

Weather: Tuesday to be dry and sunny

After some stormy winds in the earlier hours, Monday’s weather was crisp with crystal clear sun and a long golden hour in the late afternoon.

The wind has now settled, with a light to moderate westerly wind forecast today. The sun will still be present, especially in Jutland, though Zealand can expect a cloudy afternoon.

Temperatures will range between 3 and 8 degrees Celsius according to forecasts. The western part of the country is also more likely to see the better end of the scale here.

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TODAY IN DENMARK

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

A blustery Ascension Day, monkeypox vaccinations, and treatment for Ukrainian war wounded are among the top news stories this Thursday in Denmark.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

Glædelig Kristi Himmelfartsdag, or happy Ascension Day! This public holiday in Denmark is tied to a Christian holiday celebrating Jesus’s ascent to heaven — some children call it flyvedag, or ‘fly day.’ Expect store closures and busy roads as people hurry to holiday homes.  

READ ALSO: How do Denmark’s public holidays stack up against the rest of Europe?

Outdoor plans today? Time to re-evaluate 

Denmark can look forward to scattered showers and spotty cloud cover on Thursday, but the Danish Meteorological Institute issued a specific caution to would-be picnickers — don’t try to eat your Ascension day lunch outside due to impressive winds across the country. 

Denmark purchases more monkeypox vaccines, though risk remains low 

After Denmark’s first two cases of monkeypox were identified this week, 200 vaccinations for the virus are set to arrive tomorrow. 

Magnus Heunicke, Danish minister of health, added that the government plans to purchase an additional 2,000-3,000 vaccines, though the risk to the general population remains very low. 

“It is not about a community vaccine, but targeted at close contacts,” Heunicke said. 

READ ALSO: Monkeypox in Denmark: what causes it, and is it serious?

Denmark open to receiving more Ukrainian war wounded 

Health minister Heunicke tweeted that Denmark is willing to host and care for up to 200 people who need hospital treatment due to the war in Ukraine — “both soldiers and civilians.” 

To date, Denmark has received ten such patients, Heunicke adds. In early May, a publication by the Danish Medical Association wrote that only “a handful of patients” affected by the Ukraine conflict had been hospitalised in Denmark, with war casualties only “a few of these.” 

According to The Kyiv Independent, Lithuania is preparing to receive wounded Ukrainian soldiers for “rehabilitation” over the coming weeks. 

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