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A major fire in residential buildings in Vanløse
A major fire in residential buildings in Vanløse, which broke out on March 26th, resulted in hundreds of evacuations and buildings condemned to demolition. No casualties were reported. Photo: Nils Meilvang/Ritzau Scanpix

Hundreds evacuated after major fire in Copenhagen suburb  

A large fire in Vanløse near Copenhagen spread through 16 apartment entrances and resulted in hundreds of evacuations of residents who must now be rehoused, broadcaster DR and other Danish media report.

Emergency services battled with the flames throughout the weekend after it began in an apartment building on Friday. Police have this morning reopened the main road, Godthåbsvej, close to the location of the fire, which had to be closed off while the buildings were ablaze.

Buildings affected by the fire are expected to be torn down due to structural damage.

Nobody was hurt in the fire.

Denmark misses out at Oscars

Danish film left last night’s Oscars ceremony empty handed despite an impressive five nominations.

Director Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s animated documentary ‘Flee’ was nominated in the Best Documentary, Best Animated Film and Best International Film categories.

The short film and photography categories also included Danish nominations for the films ‘On My Mind’ and ‘Nightmare Alley’ respectively.

Weather: Cloudy start following by gradual clearing of skies

The new week begins with cloudy skies in most areas of the country. The clouds are expected to gradually dissipate throughout the day, beginning in the northeast.

South Jutland will not see clear skies until after dark, however – even though sunset is now well into the evening following Sunday’s shift to Summer Time.

Temperatures will be between 9 and 12 degrees Celsius when the sun breaks through.

Covid-19: 3,359 new cases on Sunday

Official data shows that 3,359 new cases of Covid-19 were registered on Sunday. 16,970 PCR tests were administered, giving a test positivity rate of just under 20 percent.

1,182 people with Covid-19 are currently admitted to hospitals in Denmark, continuing an ongoing tail-off in the number of people at hospitals who have a positive Covid test. A large proportion of the patients are not receiving treatment for the coronavirus and are in hospital for other reasons.

25 people with Covid-19 are currently in ICU care and 6 are 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.