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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Wednesday

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

Danish police at the University of Copenhagen during the Duchess of Cambridge's visit
Danish police at the University of Copenhagen during the Duchess of Cambridge's visit on February 22nd. Photo: Ida Marie Odgaard/Ritzau Scanpix

Danish public demonstration against Russia 

A number of Danish political youth parties and organisations have reacted to Russian president Vladimir Putin’s aggression in Ukraine by arranging demonstrations, which will go ahead in front of the Russian Embassy in Copenhagen today.

The demonstrations are scheduled to begin at 4:30pm with political commentators and speakers from political parties set to give speeches.

Youth parties from both the right and left wings of Danish politics are participating. These include the Social Democratic, Social Liberal, Liberal and Conservative youth parties among others.

Around 100 Danish nationals still in Ukraine

Danish authorities say they are aware of around 100 of the country’s citizens who are still in Ukraine, new wire Ritzau reports. The foreign ministry last week advised Danish nationals to leave the country as the threat of conflict increased.

Around 240 have left the country and registered this with the foreign ministry’s so-called danskerliste, a list on which Danish citizens can register their whereabouts in foreign countries.

People who legally reside in Denmark can use the list along with Danish citizens.

Duchess of Cambridge to visit Queen and Crown Princess

British Duchess of Cambridge Kate continues her solo visit to Denmark today and will meet Queen Margrethe and Crown Princess Mary at the royal residence Amalienborg in Copenhagen.

The Duchess’ trip to Denmark is described as a ‘working visit’ with the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood, which she launched last year.

She yesterday visited the University of Copenhagen and will today go to a crisis centre for children and women along with Crown Princess Mary.

Covid-19: 30,480 new positive tests on Tuesday

Yesterday saw an additional 30,480 cases of Covid-19 registered by the State Serum Institute. 100,105 PCR tests were administered, giving a positivity rate around 30 percent.

1,759 patients in hospitals across Denmark currently have Covid-19, though a large proportion of them are in hospital for other reasons and have the virus incidentally.

The number of ICU patients remains low, with 34 in intensive care with Covid and 12 of these 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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