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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

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

A bright winter day is forecast in Denmark on Friday before greyer skies during the weekend.
A bright winter day is forecast in Denmark on Friday before greyer skies during the weekend. . File photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

Plan for Covid-19 restrictions expected next week 

The government will on Wednesday next week present a plan for which Covid-19 restrictions it plans to lift or extend beyond the end of January, news wire Ritzau reports.

Current restrictions are scheduled to expire on January 31st.

Any changes are likely to be based on recommendations made by the Epidemic Commission, the government’s independent advisory board for restrictions used during the pandemic.

The Commission is also to consider whether to extend the current status of Covid-19 as a “critical threat” to society, with the classification scheduled to expire on January 5th.

The definition is important because it impacts the ability of the government to introduce restrictions aimed at curbing spread of the virus.

READ ALSO: Why is ‘critical threat’ status of Covid-19 important in Denmark?

Number of new Covid admissions to ICUs halved

The number of people in Danish hospitals who have Covid-19 is higher than it was at the beginning of this month, but the number of new admissions to intensive care due to the virus has halved since January 1st, new data shows.

The second full week of 2022 saw 24 new admissions to intensive wards compared to 42 and 47 in the last two weeks of 2021.

A report from the State Serum Institute yesterday stated that the risk of hospitalisation is around 36 percent lower with the Omicron variant of Covid-19 compared to the Delta variant.

Sweden’s Covid-19 entry test rule lifted

As reported earlier this week, Sweden is scrapping the Covid test requirement for foreign visitors from some countries, including Denmark, in favour of the vaccine pass rules that applied before the turn of the year.

The rule change takes effect today.

The entry rules that applied prior to December 28th will now be brought back, meaning that adult foreign citizens (with certain exceptions) travelling to Sweden from EU/EEA countries, including the Nordics, will have to show either the EU’s Digital Covid Certificate (a coronapas for people from Denmark) or a valid equivalent.

All the details are included in this report.

Norwegian cargo ship sinks off Danish coast

A Norwegian cargo ship that got into trouble around 11 nautical miles off the Zealand coast near Gilleleje last night sunk after its crew was rescued, broadcaster DR and other media reported.

The ship sunk at around 1:30am after issuing a mayday call due to tilting in the water. Its five crew members were rescued by helicopter and taken to Sweden.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Everything you need to know about the Tour de France and the release of the inquiry into the 2020 mink scandal are Denmark's headline news this Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Tour de Denm—uh, France 

It’s an overcast day in Copenhagen for the Grand Départ, the official kickoff of the Tour de France, at 4 p.m. Don’t be fooled when the clouds briefly part midmorning — they’ll be back with a vengeance later this afternoon with the potential to drizzle on late finishers of the time trial (including frontrunner Tadej Podegar, who’s expected to finish about 7:10 p.m.). The Danish Meteorological Institute has put out a warning  for heavy rainfall and thunderstorms for the Copenhagen area from 6-11 p.m. 

A poncho would be in order if you’re planning to watch the riders in person today, and make contingency plans for any outdoor celebrations. 

READ ALSO: Five great spots to see the Tour de France in Denmark 

How to watch the trials 

Danish streaming platform TV2 will host coverage of the Tour, as will Discovery+ in Denmark. 

If you’re watching abroad, the United States offers a selection of streaming services — the USA channel will provide live coverage, through NBC, you’ve got Peacock (their proprietary streaming platform), and the NBC Sports app. 

In the UK, ITV4 and the ITV Hub streaming service are free to watch. 

How to get around in Copenhagen today 

Between street closures, sporadically-open pedestrian crossings, and throngs of fans, trying to get from point A to point B in downtown Copenhagen will be a challenge today. 

The Tour de France team has provided an interactive map (here’s the English version) to help you navigate, including information on those pedestrian crossings of the route, public toilets, and hydration stations (though with the rain, that might be redundant). 

READ ALSO: How will the Tour de France affect traffic and travel in Denmark? 

….and a harsh mink report for Mette Frederiksen 

If all this cycling news leaves you asking, ‘but what about the mink?’, you’ll be thrilled to learn the independent commission tasked with investigating government decisions surrounding the 2020 culling of millions of the weasel-like animals has released its final report. It’s a monster at almost 2,000 pages. 

The commission finds fault with prime minister Mette Frederiksen, who, they say, made “grossly misleading” statements about the legal basis of the mink cull at a November 2020 press conference. 

The report says 10 officials, largely department heads from the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of the Environment and Food, the National Police, and the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, should be held accountable. 

On the hot seat are Barbara Bertelsen, head of the prime minister’s department, and Mogens Jensen, former minister of food, agriculture, and fisheries.

The decision to cull the mink fell under Jensen’s purview and the commission found Jensen was aware the government had no legal authority and lied to parliament about it. Jensen resigned just two weeks after the decision was made. 

READ ALSO: Danish PM ‘grossly misled’ during mink announcement