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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.

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Snow pours down over Danish city Randers on April 6th 2022. Photo: Bo Amstrup/Ritzau Scanpix

Wind turbine maker Vestas pulls out of Russia

Following a slew of Western companies, Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas said Tuesday it would withdraw from Russia, where it has two factories, over the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

The move was announced as the company held its annual general meeting.

“In light of the invasion, Vestas stopped new commercial activity in Russia in early March. After this decision, Vestas began reviewing different scenarios,” the company said in a statement sent to news wire AFP.

Vestas added that the company condemned the invasion and “the atrocities reportedly committed by the Russian army”.

Odense and Copenhagen eye European Championship host city status

Copenhagen and Odense hope to be named as host cities should a joint Nordic bid to host the 2025 women’s football European Championships be successful.

Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland have submitted a joint bid to host the tournament, with the two Danish cities in the running as potential locations, the national football association DBU said in a statement.

“I’m certain we’d have a party in red and white at the 2025 Euros and it would certainly be no less of a party if UEFA picks us as a Danish host city along with Copenhagen,” Odense’s mayor Peter Rahbæk Juhl said in the statement.

A decision is expected in December.

Airline Norwegian gets boost as passengers return

Low cost airline Norwegian, which operates services from several Danish airports, has seen its passenger number increase ten-fold over the last year, news wire Ritzau reports.

March saw 940,149 passengers fly with Norwegian, a 1,217 percent increase compared to the Covid-19 restriction-hit month of March 2021.

The airline is now operating closer to capacity, with its aircraft 80.3 percent full last month compared to 42.7 percent last year.

Covid-19: 3,363 new cases on Tuesday

Official data shows that 3,363 new cases of Covid-19 were registered on Tuesday.

The number is over 1,000 higher than the previous day’s total of 2,266. However, more tests were also administered. The positive cases were found among 21,484 PCR tests, giving a test positivity rate of around 15.5 percent, which is slightly lower compared to Monday.

Generally, testing levels are now a fraction of those seen earlier in the pandemic.

1,062 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 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. 

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