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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the 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.

The validity period for Denmark's coronapas could be shortened on Monday.
The validity period for Denmark's coronapas could be shortened on Monday.File photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix

Politicians to consider new coronapas rules 

Parliament’s Epidemic Committee will today meet to decide whether to green-light changes to coronapas rules first requested by the government last week.

The government wants to reduce the validity period for the Covid-19 health pass to five months after both the second vaccine dose (currently seven months) and previous infection (currently six months).

The rule change is likely to be approved with a majority of parties already having confirmed they support it.

READ ALSO: What are Denmark’s current coronapas rules?

Soldiers back on border control duty

Denmark’s military will today return to border control duties on the border with Germany, broadcaster DR writes.

Police in South Jutland are usually assisted by the military in undertaking Denmark’s longstanding temporary checks at the border with Germany, but the soldiers were recently redeployed to assisted at Covid-19 vaccination centres.

19,248 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday

The State Serum Institute, Denmark’s infectious disease agency, dais on Sunday that 19,248 new cases of Covid-19 had been recorded over the previous day.

That total is higher than on Saturday, when under 13,000 new cases of the virus were registered, but still some way short of the 25,000-28,000 cases registered on several days last week.

The test positivity rate on Sunday was 9.14 percent, which also represents a drop cpompared to earlier in January.

723 people are currently in hospital with Covid-19 (including people admitted for other reasons who have tested positive for the virus).

READ ALSO: IN NUMBERS: Has the Omicron Covid-19 wave peaked in Denmark?

Inflation decreased slightly at end of 2021

Inflation fell by 0.3 percent between November and December last year and is now at 3.1 percent.

Despite the slight drop, the inflation rate is still high and price increases are at their highest level since 2012, DR writes.

“It is likely that increasing inflation and record strain (shortages) on the labour market will drive up wages, thereby sustaining inflation,” Nykredit senior economist Palle Sørensen told the broadcaster.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Copenhagen Pride, billions raised for the Ukraine war effort, and a steamy weekend ahead are among the top news stories in Denmark on Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Copenhagen Pride kicks off 

Copenhagen Pride begins this weekend with events across the city, from film screenings and concerts to historical walking tours and good-old-fashioned parties — here’s the full schedule of events.

You’ll have to wait until next weekend for the iconic Copenhagen pride parade. 

Donors raise 10.8 billion kroner for Ukraine 

Representatives for 26 countries convened in Copenhagen for a fundraiser for Ukraine, ultimately committing to more than 10.8 billion kroner (that’s over $1.5 billion) to support training and equipment this year and the next. 

France, Germany and the United States have yet to announce how much they contributed to the impressive total, but Denmark and the UK, the two countries behind the fundraiser, have revealed their supplemental donations were $114 million and almost $300 million, respectively. 

“Our partners know that we need funding and they articulated readiness to support us financially,” Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov said, according to the Agence France-Presse 
“That is a marathon and for a marathon you need energy and frankly
speaking, the main energy in this case is money.” 

READ MORE: Denmark’s government supports EU candidacy for Ukraine 

Brace for heat 

We’re in for a steamy weekend, according to the Danish Meteorological Association. 

Forecasts predict cloudless skies Saturday and Sunday with temperatures between 25 and 30 degrees — perhaps as high as 32 on Saturday. 

If you decide to break out the grill, though, be mindful — Danish Emergency Services says the warm weather and recent lack of rain mean an elevated risk for fires this weekend. 

READ MORE: Three great open-air swimming spots in Copenhagen 

Minister of Justice calls for meeting with…football fans 

Football players and fan club leaders have been invited to meet with Danish minister of justice Mattias Tesfaye after yet another week of unrest surrounding matches, TV2 Lorry reports. 

Tesfaye says he’s willing to do what’s necessary to make the stadium environment safe for the 99 percent of fans who come for “football and partying.” Possible measures include making penalties harsher for crimes connected with games (again) and increasing police presence.

This follows several weeks of dust-ups between rival fans, fans and stadium staff, and fans and police that sent several to hospital and involved considerable destruction at various stadiums. 

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