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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

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

Storm Malik in Denmark, January 2022
A second storm in three weeks hit Denmark on Wednesday night. Storm Malik, pictured, hit the country in late January. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

Storm causes traffic disruptions across Denmark 

Strong winds across the country last night and this morning have resulted in some traffic disruption, so it’s worth checking your journey in advance before setting out.

The Great Belt Bridge was earlier closed for “wind-sensitive” vehicles. That closure was lifted earlier this morning.

A fallen tree last night caused rail disruptions between Odense and Fredericia, and replacement buses are currently in operation according to rail company DSB.

In northeastern Zealand, another fallen tree is causing delays for passengers travelling between Helsingør and Copenhagen.

Local authorities and businesses discuss nightlife safety in Aalborg

After two young people lost their lives in Aalborg in separate incidents this month, safety in the city’s nightlife has become a topic of focus for local authorities and business leaders, broadcaster DR reports.

Aalborg’s nightlife revolves around the Jomfru Ane Gade street, a central point in the city packed with late-opening bars and nightclubs.

According to DR, Aalborg Municipality this week discussed new measures to promote nightlife safety while restaurants, hotels and private citizens have offered proposals. No measures have so far been adopted.

Prime Minister to attend EU-African Union summit

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen will today join all government leaders from the 27 EU countries in meeting with the African Union in Brussels.

Climate, migration and public health are reported to be on the agenda for the summit.

Health authority responds to reports of purchase of Covid-19 tests from unregistered company

The Central Jutland (Midtjylland) regional health authority yesterday responded after reports it had bought Covid-19 home tests from a British company that does not operate under standard market rules.

43 million home (lateral flow) test kits were purchased in December by the Central Jutland authority from the Medical Supplies Direct company for 825.5 million kroner.

The company is not registered for the sale of medical equipment in Denmark or the EU and has no telephone number or website.

The Danish health authority said that foreign companies are not required to be registered with the Danish Medicines Agency. It also said that the purchase took place in a situation of high market pressure, and that the brand of the tests had been approved by medical experts.

We’ll have more detail on this story in an article today.

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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.