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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.

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 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