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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the latest 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.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the latest news on Wednesday
A red balloon showing the logo of the Danish nurses' union, DSR. Photo: Ida Guldbæk Arentsen/Ritzau Scanpix

Pregnant and breastfeeding women to receive invitation for Covid-19 vaccination

Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding can be offered vaccination against Covid-19 from today, having not had this opportunity in Denmark until now.

The various Covid-19 vaccines were previously not approved by the Danish Health Authority for women in the groups due to a lack of sufficient documentation supporting their recommendation during pregnancy. The authority announced yesterday that it would publish new guidelines.

READ ALSO: Denmark to change Covid-19 vaccination guidelines for pregnant and breastfeeding women

A number of other European countries, including Sweden and the United Kingdom, already vaccinate pregnant women and the Danish Society for Obstetrics and Gynaecology has previously stated that the advantages of vaccination against Covid-19 clearly outweigh the disadvantages.

Emergency service warns of heightened fire risk

Dry and windy weather means that the risk of accidentally starting a wildfire is currently higher than usual.

As such, a senior officer with the Danish fire services (Danske Beredskaber) has urged people to exercise caution when, for example, lighting barbecues or torching weeds.

“It’s windy and has been warm in the preceding period so there is still a relatively high fire risk,” Bjarne Nigaard told broadcaster DR.

Nurses to demonstrate on two wheels in Copenhagen

Cyclists in Copenhagen this afternoon could be caught in heavy two-wheeled traffic as nurses take to their bicycles to demonstrate for better pay.

Around 4,750 nurses are currently on strike in Denmark and that number is scheduled to increase in August.

The striking nurses are likely to be easy to recognise with their red t-shirts and signs.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

A Dane going to space, beefing up the Danish navy, and increasing Covid cases are among the top news stories in Denmark on Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Covid cases increase as holidays end

The number of positive PCR tests in Denmark is again on the rise with people returning to work and school after summer holidays, according to the latest data from the State’s Serum Institute, Denmark’s infectious disease agency.  

From the last week of July to the first week of August, cases rose 18 percent, while the positive percentage grew to 27 percent. 

“Activity in our society is increasing, and people may also be more aware of getting tested for symptoms in connection with starting work and education,” says Tyra Grove Krause, professional director of the SSI. 

Central and North Jutland have seen the highest overall infection rates, while nationwide 40-59 year olds are seeing the most positive tests. 

Data on incidence rates are more likely to be an underestimate given Denmark’s dramatically reduced public testing program, which saw all quick test sites and all but a handful of PCR test sites shuttered in the spring. On August 15, authorities further restricted guidelines for who should be tested if they experience Covid symptoms — now, the official guidance is that testing is only recommended for people who are 65 years old or over, pregnant, or have a condition that causes a higher risk of sever outcomes for Covid-19. 

Danish astronaut announces mission to space 

Danish astronaut Andreas Mogensen will spend six months at the International Space Station as part of Mission Huginn — named after one of two ravens from Norse mythology that flew around the world to gather news for the god Odin.

Instead of news of the world, Mogensen will be gathering information about “sleep and well-being in space” as well as attempt to 3D print metal components, all essential for potential longer-term space travel to destinations like Mars. 

Denmark to strengthen naval fleet with eye to Russia 

Defense minister Morten Bodskov announced a significant investment in the Danish navy on Thursday.

Over the next 20 years, 40 billion kroner will be spent to upgrade the Danish fleet. “We are facing a serious situation in Europe. There is war in Europe. We have just been through a corona pandemic, and common to both is that it has created problems for our security of supply,” Bodskov told reporters, according to newswire the Agence France-Presse. 

“It is not viable, especially in times of war in Europe, for the Danish defence to have problems getting ships and other equipment built,” he added. “That is why we are taking action now” with industry partners to build our own warships. 

READ MORE: From June: Russian warship violates Danish waters

Danish politicians may visit Taiwan 

Members of Danish parliament from six political parties are ready to travel to Taiwan after a possible election this autumn, newspaper Politiken reports. 

“Taiwan must not be isolated in the way that China wants it to be. They must not succeed in that,” Michael Aastrup Jensen, foreign affairs spokesman for the Liberal party (Venstre) told Politiken. 

The six parties that have signed on to a possible trip are the Conservatives, the Red-Green Alliance (Enhedslisten), the Social Liberals (Radikale), the Danish People’s Party, the Liberal party, and the new Danish Democrats party. 

However, some, including Socialist People’s Party foreign affairs spokesman Karsten Hønge, say stirring the pot in Taiwan could cause more harm than good. 

READ MORE: From 2019: Copenhagen Zoo removes Taiwan from display map to get loan pandas from China 

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