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Danish football team Brøndby changed its playing strip to the colours of the Ukrainian flag for a match against SønderjyskE on Monday. Brøndby along with rivals FC Copenhagen are engaged in fundraising for people in Ukraine via Save the Children Denmark. Photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix

Netto owner stops selling Russian products

The Danish owner of low-cost supermarket chain Netto yesterday said it had stopped selling Russian products following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

The Salling group said it had suspended the sale of Russian products on Saturday and that Netto would no longer sell Russian-made goods in Germany, Denmark and Poland. 

The measure also applies to Salling-owned Danish hypermarkets Føtex and Bilka, the company said in a statement.

Netto has more than 500 stores in Denmark and 600 in other countries.

Around 20 products including vodka, chocolate and toothpaste will be affected.

Foreign minister to speak at UN Human Rights Council

Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod is scheduled to speak directly after his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva today.

“After Lavrov has spoken I will take the stand to express my strongest condemnation of the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine,” Kofod told news wire Ritzau.

“I will also object to the false Russian stories that there is a genocide against Russians in Ukraine. I will address that lie directly with the Russians,” he said.

Lavrov is scheduled to speak at 10:07am, with Kofod around 15 minutes later.

Progress made on Danish-developed Covid-19 vaccine

A vaccine against Covid-19 in development by Danish pharma company Bavarian Nordic is showing particularly good results in testing, the company said yesterday.

Results show the vaccine to be equally effective in half-doses, broadcaster DR writes.

Earlier results have shown the vaccine to be a good candidate for a booster jab, but new tests on 28 persons show it could also be used as a main vaccine. No serious side effects were reported from tests, and clinical trials involving 4,000 people will now commence. Results are expected later this year.

The Danish vaccine has a different design to existing Covid-19 vaccines. Researchers say that the vaccine, which consists of artificial close copies of the coronavirus which cannot cause sickness, creates a high number of antibodies because of its resemblance to the virus.

Police officer charged for sexual harassment of 74 women during driving tests

The state prosecutor has charged a police officer with abuse of his position and sexual harassment in offences against 74 women during their driving tests.

The offences happened in the Copenhagen area in the period 2015-2019, DR reports.

The man, now aged 64, is reported to, amongst other offences, have commented on the women’s appearance and asked questions about their relationship status and sex life during the driving tests, as well as massage them and give them his telephone number. The charge sheet against him is 23 pages long and the trial against him begins on March 8th.

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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.