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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.

A view from the top of one of the pylons of Denmark's Great Belt Bridge
A view from the top of one of the pylons of Denmark's Great Belt Bridge, taken on March 23rd 2022. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Government criticised over plans to buy 5 million Covid-19 tests

Some criticism has been levelled at the Danish state over plans to purchase 5 million Covid-19 test in April, despite the downward trend of the pandemic and end of testing recommendations in the vast majority of circumstances.

Newspaper Politiken reports that the tests are to be bought despite health authorities having a stock of 20 million on March 1st and municipalities also being well supplied.

The Central Jutland Region, which purchases tests on behalf of all five regional health authorities, is to continue with plans to give a contact to supply additional tests, according to Politiken’s report.

“This looks like a waste of tax money, time and resources,” professor of health economics Jes Søgaard of the University of Southern Denmark is quoted as saying by the newspaper.

Industry organisation calls for food donations for Ukraine

The Confederation of Danish Industry (Dansk Industri, DI), an interest organisation for thousands of businesses in Denmark, has asked its members to help support food supplies to war-torn Ukraine.

Food which can be transported without refrigeration and easily prepared is urgently needed, and DI has called for Danish companies’ help after being in contact with authorities in Ukraine.

Pasta, rice, tinned beans and other tinned foods, flat bread, tea, coffee and drinking water are among the foods DI has asked companies to donate.

‘Up to 70 percent’ of adults in Denmark have had Covid-19 since November 2021

Close to 7 in 10 of the adult population of Debt have had Covid-19 in the last four and a half months, the national infectious disease agency State Serum Institute (SSI) said in a report released yesterday.

The data is taken from studies of blood from donors during the period.

The epidemic is currently declining after the many cases over the winter, with a latest estimate of the reproduction rate or R-number for the virus yesterday of 0.7. That means 10 people with the coronavirus pass it on to an average of 7 others, causing the epidemic to recede overall.

Weather: Sun in most areas on Wednesday with some fog

A layer of fog is obscuring parts of north and central Jutland this morning, with a thick fog warning in place in some areas.

The warning will be in place until 10 am, but some of the banks of mist will remain in coastal areas after this.

Once fog has clear in Jutland, there is likely to be sun and mild weather across all of Denmark, with temperatures reaching up to 10-14 degrees Celsius. It will feel chillier – around 6 degrees – while the fog persists in affected areas.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

A new military hub for Nato on Danish shores, a filmmaker representing Denmark at Cannes, and a slightly cooler weekend are among the top news stories in Denmark this Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

‘Military hub’ for US, Nato forces coming to Denmark 

The port city of Esbjerg, which also played host to this week’s green energy meetings, has been flagged as the site of a new mustering point for Nato and especially United States military forces, according to a press release from the Danish Ministry of Defense. 

The United States expressed interest in Esbjerg, on Jutland’s west coast, in particular as a jumping-off point to transport troops and technology to the Baltic Sea area. 

“The Port of Esbjerg has a good location and size, proximity to the airport, good connections to the railway and motorway network and is close to several large barracks,” the press release said. 

The Danish government plans to make a number of costly improvements to the port to better support the new military hub. Those are expected to be completed by the end of 2023, the release said. 

READ ALSO: Denmark prepared to send 800 troops to Baltic states

Iranian living in Copenhagen shines at Cannes Film Festival

Danish-Iranian Ali Abassi, 40, is making waves at the Cannes Film Festival with his new film “Holy Spider,” the “gritty story of a serial killer ‘cleansing’ the Iranian holy city of Mashhad,” newswire Agence France-Presse reports. 

Abassi grew up in Iran and immigrated to Scandinavia to study architecture in Stockholm at the age of 21, ultimately settling in Copenhagen after attending the National Film School of Denmark. 

In 2018, Abassi brought home the trophy for Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section with “Border,” which AFP describes as an “eccentric troll-fantasy film about a border guard.” 

Cooler weather ahead 

After two balmy days, Denmark can expect a cooler and cloudier weekend, according to the Danish Meteorological Institute. 

“The beautiful weather has almost disappeared like dew to the sun,” meteorologist Klaus Larsen told newswire Ritzau with a little poetic flair. 

We can look forward (or not) to a Saturday with minimal sunshine, “fresh” winds, occasional showers, and temperatures between 14-18 degrees. 

Sunday is your best chance for outdoor fun, Larsen says. “It will stay mostly dry with little or no sun and winds that will decrease and become light to steady during the day.”