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Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest 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.

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Thursday
Nanna Skov Høpfner celebrates after having her sentence reduced from two years to 60 days. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Denmark’s parties agree to phase out face masks from Monday

Denmark’s government has struck a deal with all but one of the parliament’s parties to phase out the use of face masks, with the requirement to wear a face mask from Monday removed for all areas apart from when standing in public transport. The requirement to wear a face mask will be removed completely on September 1st. 

The coronavirus pass or coronapas will also begin to be phased out on Monday, when those visiting public libraries and participating in activities run by clubs and voluntary organisations will no longer need to show a pass. 

From August 1st, the coronapas will no longer be needed in theaters, concert venues, indoor sports activities, and a wide range of other venues, and from September 1st, you will no longer need to show one in restaurants, the hairdresser or the gym, and on October 1st the pass will be phased out completely. 

“It is a marked opening of Danish society,” Magnus Heunicke, Denmark’s health minister said when the agreement was announced just before 4am on Thursday morning. 

The agreement also extends how long a negative PCR test provides a valid coronavirus pass or coronapas to 96 hours. 

Two Viking relatives reunited in Denmark after 1,000 years

Separated for 1,000 years, two Viking warriors from the same family were reunited on Wednesday at Denmark’s National
Museum, as DNA analysis helps shed light on the Vikings’ movements across Europe.

One of the Vikings died in England in his 20s in the 11th century, from injuries to the head. He was buried in a mass grave in Oxford.

The other died in Denmark in his 50s, his skeleton bearing traces of blows that suggest he took part in battles.

DNA mapping of skeletons from the Viking era — from the eighth to the 12th century — enabled archaeologists to determine by chance that the two were related. 

Woman from Men In Black demo has sentence cut from two years to 60 days

Nanna Skov Høpfner, who was sentenced to two years in prison for a speech when she called for anti-lockdown protestors to “smash the city in a non-violent way”, has had her sentence cut to 60 days by Denmark’s Eastern High Court. 

Nanna Skov Høpfner was the first to be convicted in the district court under the special corona clause 81d, which applies double punishments for any offence which “has a background in or connection with the covid-19 epidemic in Denmark”. 

The High Court said that the clause should not apply to offences committed at a demo. 

Number of coronavirus patients in Denmark falls by two

The number of patients being treated in Danish hospitals for coronavirus has fallen by 2 to 122, while 904 new coronavirus infections were registered in the 24 hours leading up to 2pm on Wednesday, Denmark’s infectious diseases agency Statens Serum Institut (SSI) has reported. 

According to the institute, a technical error meant that the number of new infections was based on more tests than usual, making the number of new infections is an overestimate. 

According to Magnus Heunicke, Denmark’s health minister, the current reproduction number in Denmark is 0.8, indicating a falling level of infection with each ten infected people only going on to infect eight others. 

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Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest 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.

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Monday
The centenary celebrations for the return of Northern Schleswigtook place at Kongeskansen, or the King's Hedge, the remains of the fortress the Prussians built after their victory in the second Schleswig War. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

Eriksen suffered ‘cardiac arrest’, Denmark team doctor confirms

Denmark’s team doctor said Sunday there was still “no explanation” for why midfielder Christian Eriksen collapsed during his country’s opening Euro 2020 game against Finland, but confirmed he had suffered a cardiac arrest.

“He was gone, and we did cardiac resuscitation,” team doctor Morten Bösen told a press conference. “How close were we? I don’t know. We got him back after one defib (defibrillation), so that’s quite fast,” Bösen added.

However, the physician also said they had yet to discover that cause of the 29-year-old’s heart attack.   

“There’s no explanation so far,” Bösen said, adding that all tests done so far on the player, who is still in hospital, have come back fine.

“That is also one of the reasons that he is still in the hospital,” the physician added. Read our story here

Denmark on Sunday celebrates 100th anniversary of return of South Jutland

Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II on Sunday made a speech in the south Jutland town of Frederikshøj to mark the centenary of the return of southern Jutland to Denmark. 

“We now leave the border to younger generations. Safe and confident that they can follow the development that their parents and grandparents began,” Margrethe said. 

After the defeat of Germany in World War I, the Allied powers organised two referenda in Northern and Central Schleswig, with Northern Schleswig voting 75 percent for reunification with Denmark, and then reuniting with Denmark on June 15th, 1920. 

The centennial celebration was scheduled for July 2020 but was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Number hospitalised and infected in Denmark falls despite reopening 

The number of people being treated in hospital for coronavirus has fallen to 98 people, down from 155 people at the start of the month. On Saturday the number hospitalised fell below 100 for the first time since last September. 

The number of new infections has also been falling, with 315 people testing positive in the 24 hours up to 2pm on Sunday, the lowest number since February 14th. 

Danish police wait for ‘boy racer’ to hand himself in 

The driver who hit speeds of up to 150km per hour as he fled police in Ishøj on the outskirts of Copenhagen on Sunday will eventually hand himself in, police predicted. 

“We know exactly who he is and we have been in telephone contact with him. He’s kind of gone into hiding, but he knows very well that he needs to approach us,” Mads Dam from the Copenhagen Police told Ritzau on Monday morning.

As well as driving at more than three times the speed limit in a residential area, the man also drove at times against the direction of the traffic, through red lights, across football pitches and down paths meant for pedestrians. 

The chase began after police approached him in a parking lot. 

Russian planes violate Danish airspace around Bornholm 

Two Russian planes on Friday violated Danish airspace by flying over the Baltic Sea and then over Bornholm, 

The Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets moved into the airspace near Christiansø, between 11.08am to 11.10am and 11.40am to 11.42am. 

“It is very rare that we see this type of violation of Danish airspace, so two on the same day can only be described as serious,” said Trine Bramsen, Denmark’s minister of defence.

“We are of course very concerned about how this could happen. Is this a navigational error or a deliberate provocation? Of course we will dig into that.”

Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod has summoned Russia’s ambassador to Denmark over the violation, and said he would also discuss it with his allies, particularly in the Nato alliance.

The planes were met by Danish F-16 aircraft, which followed the Russians during the entire second violation. Read our story here. 

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