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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Find out what's going on in Denmark today with The Local's short roundup of the news in less than five minutes.

A bright winter day is forecast in Denmark on Friday before greyer skies during the weekend.
A bright winter day is forecast in Denmark on Friday before greyer skies during the weekend. . File photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

Plan for Covid-19 restrictions expected next week 

The government will on Wednesday next week present a plan for which Covid-19 restrictions it plans to lift or extend beyond the end of January, news wire Ritzau reports.

Current restrictions are scheduled to expire on January 31st.

Any changes are likely to be based on recommendations made by the Epidemic Commission, the government’s independent advisory board for restrictions used during the pandemic.

The Commission is also to consider whether to extend the current status of Covid-19 as a “critical threat” to society, with the classification scheduled to expire on January 5th.

The definition is important because it impacts the ability of the government to introduce restrictions aimed at curbing spread of the virus.

READ ALSO: Why is ‘critical threat’ status of Covid-19 important in Denmark?

Number of new Covid admissions to ICUs halved

The number of people in Danish hospitals who have Covid-19 is higher than it was at the beginning of this month, but the number of new admissions to intensive care due to the virus has halved since January 1st, new data shows.

The second full week of 2022 saw 24 new admissions to intensive wards compared to 42 and 47 in the last two weeks of 2021.

A report from the State Serum Institute yesterday stated that the risk of hospitalisation is around 36 percent lower with the Omicron variant of Covid-19 compared to the Delta variant.

Sweden’s Covid-19 entry test rule lifted

As reported earlier this week, Sweden is scrapping the Covid test requirement for foreign visitors from some countries, including Denmark, in favour of the vaccine pass rules that applied before the turn of the year.

The rule change takes effect today.

The entry rules that applied prior to December 28th will now be brought back, meaning that adult foreign citizens (with certain exceptions) travelling to Sweden from EU/EEA countries, including the Nordics, will have to show either the EU’s Digital Covid Certificate (a coronapas for people from Denmark) or a valid equivalent.

All the details are included in this report.

Norwegian cargo ship sinks off Danish coast

A Norwegian cargo ship that got into trouble around 11 nautical miles off the Zealand coast near Gilleleje last night sunk after its crew was rescued, broadcaster DR and other media reported.

The ship sunk at around 1:30am after issuing a mayday call due to tilting in the water. Its five crew members were rescued by helicopter and taken to Sweden.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

A new military hub for Nato on Danish shores, a filmmaker representing Denmark at Cannes, and a slightly cooler weekend are among the top news stories in Denmark this Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

‘Military hub’ for US, Nato forces coming to Denmark 

The port city of Esbjerg, which also played host to this week’s green energy meetings, has been flagged as the site of a new mustering point for Nato and especially United States military forces, according to a press release from the Danish Ministry of Defense. 

The United States expressed interest in Esbjerg, on Jutland’s west coast, in particular as a jumping-off point to transport troops and technology to the Baltic Sea area. 

“The Port of Esbjerg has a good location and size, proximity to the airport, good connections to the railway and motorway network and is close to several large barracks,” the press release said. 

The Danish government plans to make a number of costly improvements to the port to better support the new military hub. Those are expected to be completed by the end of 2023, the release said. 

READ ALSO: Denmark prepared to send 800 troops to Baltic states

Iranian living in Copenhagen shines at Cannes Film Festival

Danish-Iranian Ali Abassi, 40, is making waves at the Cannes Film Festival with his new film “Holy Spider,” the “gritty story of a serial killer ‘cleansing’ the Iranian holy city of Mashhad,” newswire Agence France-Presse reports. 

Abassi grew up in Iran and immigrated to Scandinavia to study architecture in Stockholm at the age of 21, ultimately settling in Copenhagen after attending the National Film School of Denmark. 

In 2018, Abassi brought home the trophy for Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section with “Border,” which AFP describes as an “eccentric troll-fantasy film about a border guard.” 

Cooler weather ahead 

After two balmy days, Denmark can expect a cooler and cloudier weekend, according to the Danish Meteorological Institute. 

“The beautiful weather has almost disappeared like dew to the sun,” meteorologist Klaus Larsen told newswire Ritzau with a little poetic flair. 

We can look forward (or not) to a Saturday with minimal sunshine, “fresh” winds, occasional showers, and temperatures between 14-18 degrees. 

Sunday is your best chance for outdoor fun, Larsen says. “It will stay mostly dry with little or no sun and winds that will decrease and become light to steady during the day.”