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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.

High water levels at Roskilde Fjord on Sunday.
High water levels at Roskilde Fjord on Sunday. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Bars and pubs can stay open until midnight 

Covid-19 restrictions requiring licensed businesses such as bars to close at 11pm no longer apply from today. With general Covid restrictions scheduled to be lifted tomorrow, the government decided to bring forward the end of the restrictions on bars by a few hours, broadcaster DR reports.

The decision was made to avoid a situation in which bars would have had to close at 11pm today, only to open again an hour later following the cut-off point for the outgoing restrictions.

Alcohol may also be sold after 10pm from today, including in stores.

Water levels falling after storm Malik

High water levels have affected several areas of the country after Storm Malik made its presence felt over the weekend. Insurance companies are registering a high number of claims according to DR.

The good news is that the high water is receding quickly, DMI meteorologist Martin Lindberg told news wire Ritzau.

High water levels were most severe on the north coasts of Funen and Zealand as well as around the Isefjord, Holbæk Fjord and Roskilde Fjord areas.

READ ALSO: Øresund and Great Belt bridges in Denmark reopen as storm winds abate

Power cuts affecting parts of Denmark 

Another lingering effect of the weekend’s storm is a lack of power in parts of the country.

Morning commuters may have noticed outages at traffic lights and bus information screens. Street lights and individual homes and businesses have also been affected.

A layer of salt left on electricity components by the storm is to blame for the outages, DR writes.

A spokesperson from energy company N1 told the broadcaster that the company was working to restore connections, while rain could alleviate the situation by washing away the troublesome salt.

Weather to be calm on Monday

After the roaring high winds and lashing rain of the weekend, things are off to a more serene start today.

Most of the country will remain dry, although Jutland could see some showers this afternoon.

The sun could make an appearance through the winter clouds over Zealand, while there wil be a mild wind and temperatures of around 2 degrees Celsius.

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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.