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Copenhagen Fashion Week in 2018. The biannual fashion show commences in the Danish capital on February 1st.
Copenhagen Fashion Week in 2018. The biannual fashion show commences in the Danish capital on February 1st. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

End of almost all Covid-19 restrictions 

Almost all Covid-19 restrictions are now no longer in place, in line with the government’s announcements last week related to both domestic restrictions and travel.

This means, amongst other things, that it’s no longer necessary to wear a face mask in stores or on public transport, to show a coronapas at cafes or for vaccinated people to take a Covid-19 test when travelling to Denmark.

Infection numbers, and the number of people in hospital with Covid-19, are still high. But authorities are confident that the milder Omicron variant combined with high vaccination rates and a declining number of Covid patients in ICUs are reason enough to lift restrictions.

READ ALSO: KEY POINTS: What changes about life in Denmark in February 2022?

‘Stealth Omicron’ spreads more than original strain, Danish study finds

A sub-variant of the highly contagious Omicron variant is even more infectious than the original version, according to a Danish study published yesterday.

Sub-variant BA.2 — also called “stealth Omicron” — was detected earlier this year and has displaced the first Omicron variant, known as BA.1, as the dominant strain in Denmark.

A person infected with BA.2 has a 39 percent chance of transmitting the virus to someone else in their household within a week, compared to a 29 percent risk with BA.1, infectious disease agency SSI said in a statement.

SSI doctor Camilla Holten Moller said BA.2 was more likely to infect unvaccinated people than BA.1, news wire AFP reports.

Denmark prepared to send military equipment to Ukraine

Denmark has said it is prepared to send military equipment to Ukraine, as the West intensifies diplomacy and threatens harsh economic sanctions on Russia to prevent an invasion.

“I am ready to send military equipment to Ukraine. We are already giving advice,” Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen told a press conference according to AFP.

“We know there is a request for advice over cybersecurity,” she added, after a major cyberattack, attributed to Russia by Kyiv, hacked Ukrainian government websites earlier this month.

But Frederiksen said deploying Danish troops to the ex-Soviet nation was “not under discussion”.

Injured pirate to face court proceedings

A pirate who was injured – resulting in the amputation of a leg – in a clash with the Danish navy off west Africa in November is to be processed at Copenhagen District Court today, broadcaster DR writes. The proceedings are likely to see the deadline extending for the pirate’s current pre-trial detention in Denmark.

Danish frigate Esbern Snare exchanged fire with nine suspected pirates on their ship in the incident. Four of the pirates were killed while another is thought to have drowned. Four were arrested, including the injured man.

READ ALSO: Danish navy kills four pirates off Nigeria during PM visit to region

Copenhagen Fashion Week begins

Fashion show event Copenhagen Fashion Week begins today and will run until Friday. The focus of the week-long show is autumn and winter fashion.

A fashion week is held twice yearly in the capital, with Danish fashion showcased in several locations across the city.

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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.