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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

More Russian sanctions, a rise in employment and the start of the Easter bank holiday, are among the main stories from Denmark on Thursday.

Påskeæg (Easter eggs in Denmark).
Påskeæg (Easter eggs). Photo: Kjersti Hjelmen/Nf-Nf/Ritzau Scanpix

Russian ships rejected at Danish ports

Russian ships will be rejected at Danish ports from Saturday, according to newswire Ritzau.

In a statement on the Danish Transport Authority website, it said that Russian ships would not be allowed to dock in Danish ports after 16th April, as a consequence of a new EU sanctions package.

The European sanctions package is the fifth in a row after Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th February.

According to TV 2 Lorry, Russian ships call at Danish ports around 250 times a year. 170 of them are in Frederiksværk, where NLMK DanSteel is located.

The ban does not apply to ships that need help, are saving lives or maintaining safety.

More people in work in Denmark than before coronavirus

More people are in work in Denmark than before the coronavirus crisis, according to analysis from the Danish Chamber of Commerce, reports newswire Ritzau.

During the lockdowns in Denmark, unemployment rose sharply and a record number of people were out of work. But now the trend has reversed.

Out of the country’s 98 municipalities, 90 today have more jobs than in the fourth quarter of 2019, and there are 115,000 more employees in Denmark, which is an increase of 4.1 percent.

Ringsted and Brøndby top the list of municipalities with the most jobs. According to the Danish Chamber of Commerce, this may be due to the fact that there are several large companies in those municipalities.

Easter celebrations begin

Easter celebrations begin in Denmark today, on Maundy Thursday. Denmark is a Christian country (at least on paper) and has national holidays on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. Schools are closed and most people do not work.

Easter is big in Denmark. It kicks off the summer season after a long, dull Nordic winter, and the Danes go all in for a warm, cozy environment. 

READ MORE: The complete guide to Easter in Denmark

Maundy Thursday Weather: A cloudy one

It’s not the sunniest start to the Easter holiday. It will be a cloudy and foggy day with some expected rain in the morning.

There may be a little sun over the southern regions but its unlikely for the rest of the country. Temperatures will range between 8 and 13 degrees Celsius, according to DR.

Covid-19: 2,257 new cases on Wednesday

Official data shows that 2, 257 new cases of Covid-19 were registered yesterday, slightly lower than the 2, 683 cases registered on Tuesday.

Fewer PCR tests were administered compared to the preceding 24 hours, however. The positive cases were found among 15, 351 PRC tests. 

Testing levels are now a fraction of those seen earlier in the pandemic, while daily case numbers peaked in February when up to 55,000 new cases were registered on a number of days.

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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.