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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

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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Danish consumers have been asked to return or throw out certain batches of Kinder Eggs and other chocolate products. File photo: Søren Bidstrup/Ritzau Scanpix

EU rules could scupper government plans to ban future cigarette sales 

A government proposal to curtail future cigarette sales by permanently banning anyone born after 2010 from buying them looks unlikely to be passed into law due to EU rules.

EU member states may not forbid the sale of tobacco, according to a response given to a parliamentary question by the health minister, Magnus Heunicke.

“It is based on this that the Ministry of Health concludes that a ban on sales of nicotine or tobacco products to persons born after 2010 or later would require a change to the tobacco directive,” Heunicke said.

Kinder Egg and other chocolates recalled over suspected salmonella

Several products from chocolate make Ferrero have been recalled by Danish supermarkets due to a risk of salmonella resulting from hygiene issues at a factory outside of Denmark, the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration said in a statement.

Batches of products including Kinder Surprise, Kinder Surprise Maxi, Kinder Schokobons and Kinder Mini Eggs have therefore been recalled by Ferrero Scandinavia AB. The dates of productions of the relevant batches can be checked here.

The products are sold in stores all over the country. The food authority advises customers to return them to the point of purchase or throw them out.

Inflation continues financial strain on Danish households

Over one million households in Denmark are now reported to be less well off after paying fixed costs than they were a year ago, as rising energy prices and inflation hit pockets across the country.

In a survey conducted by Norstat on behalf of the Danish Chamber of Commerce, reported by news wire Ritzau, 39 percent of respondents – corresponding to 1.1 million households if extrapolated for the whole country – said they had experienced a reduction to their disposable income compared to one year ago.

Inflation and the subsequent increase in everyday costs for consumers is cited as the primary cause.

READ ALSO: Danish supermarkets raise prices of thousands of product

Covid-19: 3,214 new cases on Wednesday

Official data shows that 3,214 new cases of Covid-19 were registered on Wednesday.

The number is slightly lower than the previous day’s total of 3,363. The positive cases were found among 20,912 PCR tests, giving a test positivity rate of just under 15.5 percent, a similar proportion to that on Tuesday.

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

1,026 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.

16 people with Covid-19 are currently in ICU care and 5 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.