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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 Thursday

Murder at a luxury Copenhagen hotel, changes to laws on Ukrainian refugees, and new Covid surveillance strategies are among the top news stories in Denmark this Thursday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

Danish government wants to make Ukrainian refugee “start date” more flexible 

As the law currently stands, Ukrainians who happened to have left their home country — perhaps for vacation or business — just before war broke out could have trouble gaining residence in Denmark. 

The Danish government have announced plans to change the ‘cut-off date’ for when people must have left Ukraine to be considered war refugees from February 24th to February 1st. 

Parliament will consider the amendment to the current “Ukrainian law,” which grants two years’ residence to refugees who meet certain stipulations, including when they fled the country. 

READ ALSO: Denmark plans ‘Ukraine towns’ to accommodate war refugees 

Without widespread testing, how will Denmark predict next Covid wave? 

With Denmark’s once-wide network of public Covid test sites nearly gone, the State Serum Institute — Denmark’s infectious disease agency — is piloting a new program that it hopes will detect upticks in infections.

Ten thousand blood donors and the members of their households will be randomly chosen to participate in the “PCR Home Test Study,” the SSI says. Those who agree to participate will receive test kits from the government and will be asked to self-test once a week for a month, registering each sample in TestCenter Denmark’s app and sending it to the SSI for processing. 

If a new wave is detected, the SSI will consider recommending boosters for groups at high risk, director Henrik Ullum told Danish newswire Ritzau. 

If the program is successful, it could be deployed to monitor other respiratory viruses, such as the flu, Ullum added. 

READ ALSO: Which Covid self-tests should you buy (and avoid) in Denmark? 

Danish man pleads guilty to bow and arrow attack in Norway 

Espen Andersen Brathen the 38-year-old Danish man accused of using a bow and arrow outside a supermarket and stabbing five to death with a knife in the Norwegian town of Kongsberg last October, pleaded guilty to all charges yesterday. 

Although the attack was initially thought to be an act of terrorism, three experts who observed him assessed that Brathen was experiencing paranoid schizophrenia, newswire Agence France-Presse reports. Both the prosecution and defense agree that a psychiatric commitment, rather than a prison sentence, is appropriate. 

Murder at luxury Copenhagen hotel 

The NH Collection on Strandgade — home to the “Feel Safe at NH” campaign during the Covid pandemic — was the site of what authorities describe as a brutal murder on Sunday.  

A 28-year-old man suffered head injuries in a room in the NH Collection, where rooms start at 3000 kroner a night, and died of his injuries Monday evening. Police have one man, a 20-year-old, in custody for the crime and are seeking a 24-year-old Dutch citizen as an alleged accomplice. 

Authorities also suspect the 20-year-old currently in custody in another crime three hours after the incident on Strandgade — a gruesome knife attack at an “apartment hotel” in Silkegade. According to charges read at a preliminary hearing in court yesterday, the second victim was stabbed repeatedly, his cheek was ripped open, and an ear was cut off. 

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