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Find out what's going on in Denmark today with The Local's short roundup of the news in less than five minutes.

A backlog of baggage at Copenhagen Airport
A backlog of baggage at Copenhagen Airport on February 13th 2022 after ground staff conducted wildcat strikes. Photo: Presse-Fotos.dk/Ritzau Scanpix

SAS ground staff ordered to work by labour court 

The Danish labour court Arbejdsretten yesterday ordered baggage handlers at Copenhagen Airport to resume working after wildcat strikes which disrupted journeys throughout the weekend.

Staff with SAS Ground Handling, which is responsible for baggage handling at the airport, staged a walkout this weekend in breach of their collective bargaining (trade union) agreement.

The court subsequently ruled they must resume work under Danish labour laws.

News wire Ritzau however reports that the baggage staff are yet to resume working this morning with delays to departures expected. Passengers are advised to take essential items in their hand luggage as flights may depart without hold baggage loaded.

Queen Margrethe out of coronavirus isolation

Queen Margrethe, who tested positive for Covid-19 last week, is now out of isolation after a spell of mild symptoms, the royal palace said yesterday.

“After a mild course of illness with Covid-19, a doctor has today concluded that Her Majesty the Queen can end her isolation,” the palace said in an Instagram post.

Soldiers no longer on duty on Denmark-Germany border

As of today, Danish soldiers will no longer be present on the border with Germany, where they have been on duty in recent months to assist police with border controls.

That is in part because 700 soldiers have now been stationed at a military base in Slagelse as part of “increased preparedness” in the Danish armed forces due to the Russian build-up of arms at the Ukrainian border.

READ ALSO: Denmark boosts military preparedness amid Ukraine tensions

Covid-19: 38,323 new cases on Sunday

An additional 38,323 cases of Covid-19 were registered by health authorities on Sunday with 132,949 PCR tests administered.

The number of people admitted to hospital who have Covid-19 is now 1,356, but this number includes a large proportion who are being treated for reasons other than Covid-19.

The number of people in intensive care due to Covid-19 remains low and stable with 25 people admitted to ICU units, of which 8 are receiving ventilator treatment.

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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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