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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

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

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Regnvejr i København, fredag den 25. september 2020. DMI forudser mellem 30 og 50 millimeter regn mange steder i løbet af fredagen. Lørdag begynder ganske flot med lidt eller nogen sol. Søndagen bliver weekendens topscorer på temperaturskalaen med op til 22 grader.. (Foto: Emil Helms/Ritzau Scanpix)

Danish energy company refuses to pay for gas in rubles 

Energy company Ørsted has stated it will not pay for deliveries of Russian gas in rubles.

The Russian state-owned company Gazprom requested Ørsted start paying for gas supplied by the former company in the Russian currency, but the Danish firm said in a statement on Friday that it will not meet that demand.

Russian president Vladimir Putin was last week reported to have decreed all the country’s gas exports now be paid for in rubles, in an effort to stabilise the sanctions-hit currency.

“We are in close dialogue with other energy companies and authorities over a joint response to Gazprom Export,” Ørsted said in the statement.

The EU Commission last week said that 97 percent of European gas contract with Russia state payments are to be made in euros or dollars.

READ ALSO: Danish energy company says it will cut ties with Gazprom in 2030

Record number in Denmark receive influenza jab

1.7 million people in Denmark received the flu jab this winter, almost a third of the population.

The number is the highest ever for influenza vaccinations in a single season in Denmark, according to the general practitioners’ association, Praktiserende Lægers Organisation (PLO).

It is also 800,000 more than were vaccination against influenza in 2019-2020.

Most people who received the jab, 1.4 million, are in risk groups for influenza. These include persons over 65 years old, pregnant women and those with chronic illnesses.

Weather: Rain across Denmark on Monday

After a sunny month of March, April has begun on a wetter note and that is set to continue today. The entire country will see rain with around 10-17 millimetres forecast to fall.

Movement of the rainclouds towards the east could see parts of Jutland brighten up this afternoon.

Temperatures will be 4-7 degrees Celsius in most of the country, with a moderate southwesterly wind that could reach to up to storm strength in some coastal areas.

Covid-19: 2,080 new cases on Sunday

Official data shows that 2,080 new cases of Covid-19 were registered on Sunday.

The positive cases were found among 12,508 PCR tests, giving a test positivity rate of around 17 percent. Generally, testing levels are now a fraction of those seen earlier in the pandemic.

1,021 people with Covid-19 are currently admitted to hospitals in Denmark. This total is on a downward trend, having reached over 1,500 in early March. A large proportion of the patients are not receiving treatment for the coronavirus and are in hospital for other reasons.

19 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 Friday

Everything you need to know about the Tour de France and the release of the inquiry into the 2020 mink scandal are Denmark's headline news this Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Tour de Denm—uh, France 

It’s an overcast day in Copenhagen for the Grand Départ, the official kickoff of the Tour de France, at 4 p.m. Don’t be fooled when the clouds briefly part midmorning — they’ll be back with a vengeance later this afternoon with the potential to drizzle on late finishers of the time trial (including frontrunner Tadej Podegar, who’s expected to finish about 7:10 p.m.). The Danish Meteorological Institute has put out a warning  for heavy rainfall and thunderstorms for the Copenhagen area from 6-11 p.m. 

A poncho would be in order if you’re planning to watch the riders in person today, and make contingency plans for any outdoor celebrations. 

READ ALSO: Five great spots to see the Tour de France in Denmark 

How to watch the trials 

Danish streaming platform TV2 will host coverage of the Tour, as will Discovery+ in Denmark. 

If you’re watching abroad, the United States offers a selection of streaming services — the USA channel will provide live coverage, through NBC, you’ve got Peacock (their proprietary streaming platform), NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app. 

In the UK, ITV4 and the ITV Hub streaming service are free to watch. 

How to get around in Copenhagen today 

Between street closures, sporadically-open pedestrian crossings, and throngs of fans, trying to get from point A to point B in downtown Copenhagen will be a challenge today. 

The Tour de France team has provided an interactive map (here’s the English version) to help you navigate, including information on those pedestrian crossings of the route, public toilets, and hydration stations (though with the rain, that might be redundant). 

READ ALSO: How will the Tour de France affect traffic and travel in Denmark? 

….and a harsh mink report for Mette Frederiksen 

If all this cycling news leaves you asking, ‘but what about the mink?’, you’ll be thrilled to learn the independent commission tasked with investigating government decisions surrounding the 2020 culling of millions of the weasel-like animals has released its final report. It’s a monster at almost 2,000 pages. 

The commission finds fault with prime minister Mette Frederiksen, who, they say, made “grossly misleading” statements about the legal basis of the mink cull at a November 2020 press conference. 

The report says 10 officials, largely department heads from the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of the Environment and Food, the National Police, and the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, should be held accountable. 

On the hot seat are Barbara Bertelsen, head of the prime minister’s department, and Mogens Jensen, former minister of food, agriculture, and fisheries.

The decision to cull the mink fell under Jensen’s purview and the commission found Jensen was aware the government had no legal authority and lied to parliament about it. Jensen resigned just two weeks after the decision was made. 

READ ALSO: Danish PM ‘grossly misled’ during mink announcement 

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