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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

A possible housing law change for Ukrainian refugees, a hospital giving chairs to A&E patients and declining local concerns over buried minks are among the main news stories in Denmark on Monday.

Pandas at Copenhagen Zoo on April 24th. Photo: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix

Minister to table amendment to Ukrainian refugee law 

Minister for Immigration and Integration Mattias Tesfaye will today table a proposed change to the special law passed last month for refugees from Ukraine. The law simplifies the application process for Ukrainian refugees seeking work and residence permits in Denmark after fleeing the Russian invasion of their country.

READ ALSO: Ukrainian refugees can work in Denmark before receiving residence permit

The government is to propose a change to the law that will allow Ukrainians granted residence to live in underprivileged areas formerly termed “ghettos” by the Danish government. Housing laws restrict the number of refugees who may live in such areas.

The immigration ministry yesterday said it had a majority backing for a change to the law, with conservative parties as well as the closely-aligned Socialist People’s Party (SF) in support of the government plan.

READ ALSO: Ukrainians in Denmark could soon move into underprivileged housing areas

Hospital gives Accident & Emergency patients chairs instead of beds

The Accident & Emergency department (Akutafdeling) at the regional hospital in Randers has introduced a new system in which patients are given a chair rather than a bed on arrival, broadcaster DR writes.

The use of chairs is part of a ‘fast track’ system to reduce the amount of time patients spend in the hospital and relieve strain on busy staff, according to the report.

“When you are given a chair with us, you aren’t necessarily given hospital clothing and many of our patients therefore feel less sickly,” a nurse a the department who helped develop the scheme, Andreas Sand Nørgaard, said to DR.

“There are some work procedures we have improved. We don’t need to clean as much, we don’t need to move beds around and the patients have a better experience,” he added.

The Danish Society for Patient Safety (Dansk Selskab for Patientsikkerhed) approves of the system and would like to see other hospitals trial it according to DR.

Fewer local residents concerned about mink mass graves

Neighbours of areas in West Jutland appear to be increasingly unconcerned about pollution from nearby locations which were used to bury thousands of minks which were culled in late 2020 due to concerns about Covid-19 mutations.

READ ALSO: Denmark to exhume millions of minks culled over virus

Just 20 residents signed up for town halls over the issue for neighbours of the Nørre Felding and Kølvrå sites, DR reports.

The low number of attendees reflects declining concerns that the buried mink can pollute local areas affecting things like drinking water, a local residents’’ representative told DR.

Weather: Dry and sunny start to week

 Forecasts from last week suggested that today would begin with rain, but that now seems unlikely following a somewhat grey and drizzly Sunday.

The weather this week is expected to continue to benefit from a high pressure front over Scandinavia which is giving is blue skies and low precipitation.

Temperatures will be a little lower than last week at 10-14 degrees Celsius, but it will be sunny and dry with a mild northerly wind.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

The need for foreign workers, an encouraging Covid snapshot, and incorrigible football fans are among the top news stories in Denmark on Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Labour crisis: ‘we will need many more foreigners’ 

Unmet demand for labour in both private businesses and the public sector has reached a crisis point, according to an appeal to the government to reach a broader labour agreement. 

The municipalities will need 44,000 additional employees by 2030, the National Association of Municipalities says. Meanwhile, Danish businesses could hire 38,000 new workers immediately, according to the Confederation of Danish Industry (Dansk Industri), which represents the interests of about 19,000 Danish companies. 

Lars Sandahl Sørensen, managing director of DI, firmly believes the answer to the labour shortage lies outside Danish borders. 

“We will need many more foreigners,” Sørensen told Finans. “It is not about getting cheap labour, but about getting people at all. We are in a situation where we do not have employees to carry out the things on green change that we have already decided and that we would like on health and welfare.” 

READ MORE: How can you get a work permit in Denmark if you aren’t an EU national? 

Encouraging Covid snapshot

The latest report from the State’s Serum Institute, the Danish infectious disease agency, says declining viral loads in the wastewater system suggest there’s a lower burden of infection in the country. 

Confirmed cases were down 19 percent between the week of July 11th to the week of July 18th, but since the number of PCR tests administered also decreased 15 percent that’s to be taken with a grain of salt. 

In the same period, new Covid hospital admissions fell nearly a quarter, with a significant decline in the elderly population. 

Omicron sub-variant BA.5 is still responsible for the lion’s share of Covid cases in Denmark, accounting for 92 percent of positive results in the week of July 18th. 

READ MORE: Which Covid self-tests should you buy (and avoid) in Denmark? 

Football fans send two to emergency room 

The double penalty zone authorities established around Brøndby stadium wasn’t enough to prevent more trips to the hospital. 

According to a press release from the Western Copenhagen Police, a group of Brøndby fans “stampeded” one of the stadium entrances prior to the club’s UEFA Conference League qualification match against Swiss side Basel last night. Three stadium stewards were injured, two of whom went to the emergency room. 

It’s unclear whether anyone has been charged in connection with the incident, but police are seeking additional information from anyone who may have witnessed the stampede at 7:12pm. 

Dreary weather to end summer holidays 

This weekend, the last holiday hurrah before many children return to school on Monday, won’t feel much like summer, according to the Danish Meteorological Institute. 

“There will be little or no sun and a few showers” with temperatures between 17 and 22 degrees says DMI meteorologist Mette Wagner. 

It’s a dramatic shift from Thursday, when the 30 degree weather was swept away by a strong rainstorm that dampened an Ed Sheeran concert in Copenhagen.