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17.06.2020 - Entry may soon be allowed for sweethearts from third countries says Minister of Justice

TODAY'S BULLETS

  1. The Minister of Justice gave a tiny glimmer of hope for those whose sweethearts are not from the EU, Schengen-area of the UK at a questioning session in the Parliament. He said, among other things: "(...) I am of the sure belief that we will soon also be able to reopen the borders for sweethearts who are living in third countries." When asked directly what “soon” means, and whether the government will align with the recommendations of the European Commission that all the external borders of the EU should reopen from the 1st of July, he said: “I think the 1st of July sounds like a long time.” An extraordinary meeting in the Foreign Affairs Committee will take place Thursday, maybe with this topic on the agenda.

  2. It will take a little while before the government will present anything new about the Danish borders, said the Prime Minister at a meeting today: "We expect to present a model with objective criteria for in- and outwards travels within a short time,” she said.

  3. The Minister of Defense, Trine Bramsen (S) will now investigate what happened in the case of the useless respirators that Denmark sent to Italy back in April after the Italians asked the EU for help. It has emerged that a public official in the Ministry of Defense’s department for materials and procurements knew that the material couldn’t be used to treat corona patients, and warned the Defense Commando about this. A sous-chef responded to the official that: “We are aware of the challenges” with the respirators, but the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is “probably only thinking in the signal value”.

  4. This case caused the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jeppe Kofod (S), to receive a nose from the Parliament. The Minister now wants to ensure that this cannot happen again, by setting down a task force that must prevent future cases like this one: “I want the entire system to be remade. I think it is embarrassing that our authorities cannot talk together properly, and get things cleared. Therefore I want to ensure, that Denmark cannot get in a situation where we offer something to other countries that are not relevant and of the quality they need to have.

  5. British experiences with the drug dexamethasone, which is an adrenocortical hormone used for various other treatments, indicate that the drug can, in small doses, reduce the death rate among covid-19 patients with a third among the sickest patients when used on patients in respirators or receiving oxygen. The drug has now, as a result, been used for the first time on a Danish patient at Hvidovre Hospital.

The Minister of Justice, Nick Hækkerup (S) / Photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix

POLITICS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • The Minister of Justice gave a tiny glimmer of hope for those whose sweethearts are not from the EU, Schengen-area of the UK at a questioning session in the Parliament. The minister said that the government will work at easing the restrictions “soon” and “without unnecessary delay”. He also said: "(...) I am of the sure belief that we will soon also be able to reopen the borders for sweethearts who are living in third countries." When asked directly what “soon” means, and whether the government will align with the recommendations of the European Commission that all the external borders of the EU should reopen from the 1st of July, he said: “I think the 1st of July sounds like a long time.An extraordinary meeting in the Foreign Affairs Committee will take place Thursday, maybe with this topic on the agenda.

  • It will take a little while before the government will present anything new about the Danish borders, said the Prime Minister in a meeting with the Foreign Affairs Committee and the European Affairs Committee today. “Our task is to reopen Denmark responsibly. We must make a model that is sustainable into a fall, where we must expect the infection to still be in our society, as well as others. We expect to present a model with objective criteria for in- and outwards travels within a short time,” she said at the meeting.

  • The Minister of Defense, Trine Bramsen (S) will now investigate what happened in the case of the useless respirators that Denmark sent to Italy back in April after the Italians asked the EU for help. It has emerged that a public official in the Ministry of Defense’s department for materials and procurements knew that the material couldn’t be used to treat corona patients, and warned the Defense Commando about this. A sous-chef responded to the official that: “We are aware of the challenges” with the respirators, but the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is “probably only thinking in the signal value”. The Minister calls it “deeply, deeply reprehensible” and “an obvious blunder” that this message wasn’t passed on in the system: “When you are having a suspicion, no matter whether you’ve heard it from someone, or how you have received this knowledge, then you need to pass it on. Otherwise can we politicians not make the right decisions on an informed foundation,” she says.

  • This case caused the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jeppe Kofod (S), to receive a nose from the Parliament. The Minister now wants to ensure that this cannot happen again, by setting down a task force that must prevent future cases like this one: “I want the entire system to be remade. I think it is embarrassing that our authorities cannot talk together properly, and get things cleared. Therefore I want to ensure, that Denmark cannot get in a situation where we offer something to other countries that are not relevant and of the quality they need to have.” The ministries of Foreign Affairs, Defense, Health and Justice will be permanent members of the task force, and other authorities can be taken in ad-hoc. A civilian dispatch coordinator has been hired, who must ensure that what Denmark sends out on the area of healthcare is of a good enough quality. The Italians initially refused the respirators and were then offered 13 newer respirators from Region Syddanmark, which Denmark can recall back home if the need arises.

  • 730 million kroner will be used to give an extra hand to the upcoming graduates as well as those who have lost their jobs during the corona-crisis. The agreement gives skilled and unskilled workers with an outdated education the opportunity to begin on a vocational education, where they will receive 110 % of the unemployment rate they have received so far. An extra upgrade will be made on business-orientated courses, to ensure unemployed a flexible redirection to new jobs and industries. Graduates will also be given some help by an extension of the trainee scheme until the 1st of July 2022.

  • The Danish traffic companies are now going to receive compensation after an agreement has been made between the government, Kommunernes Landsforening and Danske Regioner. The agreement means that the companies will receive compensation for the expenditures they have had, and will continue to have, due to the coronavirus.

  • The Danish students who received study grants were given the opportunity to take extra study loans during the corona-crisis since many of their student jobs disappeared. Numbers now show that around 40.000 students used this opportunity in March and April, and 30.000 in May and June. The students could take extra loans the size of two times the normal rate, which was also given out – a total of 9.582 kroner, from which the 6.388 kroner was the extra loan.

  • 14 classes at various schools in Frederikshavn municipality has been sent home, after a pupil in 7th grade at 'Privatskolen i Frederikshavn' has tested positive. The boy played a football match Saturday for the team 'Bangsbo Freja' and therefore has he been in close contact with other boys at his own team and the opponent team.

  • Two classes at 'Tuse Skole' in Holbæk has been sent home after a pupil might be positive for coronavirus. The pupil has a family member who has tested positive, and the two classes have therefore been sent home out of a principle of caution.

  • Minks in Denmark have tested positive for coronavirus and will now be euthanized from a principle of caution. The minks in question come from a farm in Northern Jutland, where a person working at the farm tested positive. This is the first time that coronavirus has been found in Danish minks.

  • The EU wants to ensure a safe and efficient corona-vaccine within 12 to 18 months, and preferably before. The European Commission will, therefore, invest 20 billion kroner in up to six companies working on a corona-vaccine.

  • A 29-year-old company owner has been arrested and charged with fraud of the salary compensation scheme. He is charged for having frauded for around 430.000 kroner. He will be presented in the preliminary statutory hearing Wednesday.

  • The two persons mentioned yesterday who are charged for having committed fraud with the salary compensation scheme for a total of 1.7 million kroner have now been put into custody until the 6th of July. Both are pleading not guilty.

  • The police have handed out 836 fines for violations of the ban on public assembly since the 18th of March and until the 14th of June.

HEALTH-RELATED INFORMATION

  • 12.294 have tested positive, 44 more than yesterday.

  • 43 are hospitalised with corona-virus, 4 fewer than yesterday (a new way of calculating the number of hospitalised has entered into effect today, and the numbers from yesterday have been adjusted to 43, instead of 60, ed.)

  • Of those 43 are 6 in intensive care, 2 fewer than yesterday (a new way of calculating the number of hospitalised has entered into effect today, and the numbers from yesterday have been adjusted to 8, instead of 9, ed.)

  • Of those 8 are 4 in respirators, the same as yesterday.

  • 598 Corona-infected residents in Denmark have died, the same as yesterday.

  • 677.270 have been tested for corona-virus (+12.667) with 12.294 positives (1.81 % positives), a drop of 0.03 %-point from yesterday.

  • 11.185 are reported as healthy again, after having been diagnosed with coronavirus, 60 more than yesterday.

  • British experiences with the drug dexamethasone, which is an adrenocortical hormone used for various other treatments, indicate that the drug can, in small doses, reduce the death rate among covid-19 patients with a third among the sickest patients when used on patients in respirators or receiving oxygen. The drug has now, as a result, been used for the first time on a Danish patient at Hvidovre Hospital.

  • The number of corona-infected at the nursery home 'Vendelbocentret i Sindal' in Hjørring is continuing to climb. Three employees and two residents have now tested positive since yesterday, bringing the total to 20 employees and 14 residents. 10 employees have been sent home with symptoms.

  • 400 more bookings for corona tests in Region Hovedstaden has been done compared to yesterday. This comes after the authorities encouraged those who had participated at the Black Lives Matter demonstration on the 7th of June to be tested if they were standing close to others after a participant has tested positive.

OTHER INFORMATION

  • Norwegian resumes 76 routes in Scandinavia and Europe from the 1st of July, from which 18 are departing from Denmark. 300 pilots and 600 cabin crew will operate the 20 planes that will be taken into service. The full list of destinations from Denmark can be found here.

  • The Danish National Bank believes the Danish economy will get a comeback in 2021, despite a drop of 4.1 % this year. An almost similar increase from next year will equalize this drop. However, the drop in employed can drag out into the future, according to their prognosis. This prognosis is similar to the one the Economic Wisemen made Tuesday. The National Bank also believes that the crisis won’t have an immense impact on the housing market, and expects a drop of 2.3 % this year, and a quick recovery throughout 2021 and 2022.



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