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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday
Children playing in spring weather in Denmark on Thursday. Photo: Tim Kildeborg Jensen/Ritzau Scanpix

Immigration minister to table special law for Ukrainians 

Immigration minister Mattias Tesfaye is expected today to propose to parliament an emergency “Ukrainian law”.

The law will be designed to ensure that refugees from Ukraine can quickly enter the Danish labour market and go to schools and have access to services.

A political agreement today will be followed by parliamentary procedure, with the deal to be voted through in the coming weeks.

The EU yesterday agreed to lift visa rules for Ukrainians fleeing the war, but Denmark has an opt-out on this area of EU law and must therefore pass its own law. Tesfaye said this week that Denmark’s law would not offer inferior conditions to Ukrainians than the EU rules.

READ ALSO: Denmark wants special residency law for Ukrainians

Defence ministers to meet in Denmark

The British and Swedish defence ministers, Ben Wallace and Peter Hultqvist, will meet with their Danish counterpart Morten Bødskov in Denmark today.

“There is war in Europe. Rarely has it been so important so show that we stand shoulder to shoulder with our allies,” Bødskov said in advance of the meeting.

The three countries are all participants in the Joint Expeditionary Force, a UK-led defence partnership which can include, as necessary, all of the Baltic and Nordic countries as well as the UK and Netherlands.

Danish artists sells signed prints to raise money for Ukrainian children

An artist from Vejle has raised over a million kroner by selling signed prints and giving all the proceeds to Unicef’s work to help children affected by the war in Ukraine.

The artist, Ole Aakjær, yesterday put the signed print of his piece ‘The Whalesong’ on sale online. 2,344 copies were sold in the first day, according to broadcaster DR. The price is 600 kroner, meaning over 1.4 million kroner was raised.

All 600 kroner of the sale price goes to Unicef, with Aakjær donating paper, printing and packaging costs.

“I’m completely overwhelmed, because we’ve touched on an issue people are very concerned with,” the artist told DR.

You can see the print here on Aakjær’s Facebook page. It will be on sale until 3pm today.

Covid-19: 13,378 new cases on Thursday but some results not submitted

13,378 new cases of Covid-19 were registered by health authorities yesterday from 53,727 PCR tests, giving a test positivity rate of 25 percent.

The actual number of positive tests is higher, because 18,000 test results were not submitted due to a technical issue, the Danish Health Authority said.

The number of people in hospital with Covid-19 fell by 43, to 1,643. Many of these are in hospital for reasons other than Covid-19, but have also registered a positive Covid-19 test.

39 are currently in intensive care and 16 are receiving ventilator assistance.

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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.