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Flags were flown in Denmark this weekend to mark Crown Princess Mary's 50th birthday-
Flags were flown in Denmark this weekend to mark Crown Princess Mary's 50th birthday- Photo: Claus Bech/Ritzau Scanpix

Covid infection curve hits peak in Copenhagen region 

After weeks of high infection numbers, the graph showing the daily number of new infections in the Greater Copenhagen region appears to have peaked, broadcaster DR reports based on health authority data.

Both the capital and its outlying western municipalities are now seeing falling incidences of the virus.

Meanwhile, the western part of Denmark is still seeing increasing infection numbers, especially in rural regions, where it is taking longer to reach a level of immunity in the community that will see the virus decline.

Covid-19 testing capacity now reduced

A schedule for reducing the capacity for rapid antigen testing at privately-operated test centres begins to take effect today. The quick test centres are to be phased out with more emphasis placed on home testing and overall demand lower.

Capacity at the centres is reduced from 500,000 tests to 200,000 tests per day. They will be closed entirely by March 6th. PCR test centres will remain in operation.

READ ALSO: Denmark to close Covid-19 rapid test centres by March

Danish schools to teach about sexual consent

The Danish Family Planning Association – known in Danish as Sex & Samfund – will today begin its annual campaign during which it teaches awareness around sexual health in schools. This year children are to be taught about sexual consent, DR writes.

The NGO said it wants youngsters to be taught about more about consent in general as part of the sex education syllabus in schools.

“This is a term which has a lot of importance and has been given renewed attention because of the new sexual consent law,” the organisation’s project leader Pernille Ane Egebæk told DR.

READ ALSO: Danish parliament passes landmark bill to reform law around rape

Government could save billions of kroner due to high energy prices

The Danish state could save even more than expected because it does not have to pay subsidies to the renewable energy sector. That is because energy companies’ revenues are up as a result of high prices.

The Ministry of Finance previously estimated that up to 2.7 billion kroner of support for wind turbines, solar panels and other forms of sustainable power could be saved, but that figure has now been increased to 4.9 billion kroner, according to information submitted to parliament and reported by news wire Ritzau.

Some political parties have called for the savings to be spent on relief for families who are seeing their heating bills rocket because of the high energy prices.

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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.