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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

Find out what's going on in Denmark today with The Local's short roundup of the news in less than five minutes.

collecting litter on a beach
School children across Denmark are this week collecting litter from natural areas as part of an annual national drive. Photo: Martin Sylvest/Ritzau Scanpix

Ukrainian president to speak to Danish parliament

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is scheduled to address the Danish parliament via a direct video connection at 12:30pm today.

Zelensky is expected to give an orientation on the situation in Ukraine and thank the Danish people for the support that has been shown for his country.

The speech can be watched live on national broadcaster DR, including on

Covid-19 travel restrictions now entirely removed

There are no longer any Covid-19 related travel restrictions of any kind on entry to Denmark after the last remaining rules were lifted at midnight on Monday, the Ministry of Health confirmed in a statement yesterday evening.

Although the majority of Denmark’s travel restrictions ended in February, there were a few holdovers, primarily affecting unvaccinated persons with no previous infection history travelling from some non-EU countries.

People in such groups were required to take a Covid-19 test within 24 hours of arrival in Denmark, but this is no longer the case with that condition now also scrapped.

Briefing on Danish sanctions and monetary policy

The Finance Ministry and the Danish central bank, Nationalbanken, will today give a briefing on the sanctions against Russia following Moscow’s invasion on Ukraine, and the implications of these for Danish monetary policy.

The government is also expected to present an emergency bill at the briefing.

We’ll report any key announcements as they come in.

Covid-19: 3,372 new cases on Monday

Official data shows that 3,372 new cases of Covid-19 were registered on Monday, a very similar figure to Sunday’s 3,359. 17,048 PCR tests were administered, giving a test positivity rate of just under 20 percent. Testing levels are now a fraction of those seen earlier in the pandemic.

1,213 people with Covid-19 are currently admitted to hospitals in Denmark. That is 31 more than on Sunday, although fewer weekend discharges often result in a higher number on Mondays. A large proportion of the patients are not receiving treatment for the coronavirus and are in hospital for other reasons.

26 people with Covid-19 are currently in ICU care and 7 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.