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An early spring day in Denmark. File photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix

Guidelines issued for Ukrainians applying for Danish residency under special law 

Danish authorities have issued guidelines to people from Ukraine who want to apply for residence in the Nordic country under a special law which was passed by parliament on Wednesday evening.

The “Ukrainian law” – officially, the Special Act on Displaced Persons from Ukraine – eases the process for Ukrainians compared to the normal asylum system, and is designed to enable them to start work and school as soon as possible after coming to Denmark.

We explain how to apply for residence under the special law in this article.

Former PM’s new party could be voted into parliament

The Moderates, the new political part formed by ex-prime minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen after he left the Liberals, are close to having enough support to see them enter parliament at the next election, according to a new poll.

The opinion poll, conducted by Epinion on behalf of DR Nyheder and Altinget, gave the party 1.9 percent of the overall vote. 2 percent is the normal threshold for parties to gain parliamentary representation after elections. The poll carries a statistical uncertainty of 0.7 percent.

Rasmussen has said he believes the Moderates, who will have a first-ever annual congress in June, can achieve a good election result once the party has candidates on ballots.

READ ALSO: OPINION: Why do the names of Danish political parties have to be so confusing?

Weather: sun returns at full strength

Yesterday’s grey and drizzly weather makes way today as the sun returns, continuing the general pattern of bright weather so far in March.

Dry and sunny weather is forecast for all of Denmark with the exception of the odd localised shower.

Temperatures could reach up to 12 degrees Celsius and will be warmest in the south of the country.

The sunny weather is expected to continue throughout the weekend.

Covid-19: 8,326 new cases on Thursday

Offical data shows that 8,326 new cases of Covid-19 were registered on Thursday. 39,507 PCR tests were administered, giving a test positivity rate of 21 percent.

1,453 people with Covid-19 are currently admitted to hospitals in Denmark, which is 50 fewer than on Wednesday. A large proportion of these are not in hospital because of the coronavirus, and are in hospital for other reasons. 392 are patients at psychiatric wards.

29 people with Covid-19 are in ICU care and 7 are on 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.