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30.06.2020 - EU has approved 14 third countries for entry - Danish decision hasn't been made yet.

TODAY'S BULLETS

  1. The EU has worked out a list of 14 third countries that are considered as safe countries, from where tourists should be allowed to travel in. The Member States are not obliged to follow this list, and the Ministry of Justice won’t comment on this announcement until there’s been a meeting Wednesday (today) in the Foreign Policy Committee in the Parliament. The countries in question are Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.

  2. The Minister of Justice, Nick Hækkerup (S) is considering the use of obligatory corona tests in the airport for all arrivers from outside of the EU in Copenhagen Airport if the use of encouragement to be tested at the airport turns out to not be enough.

  3. 23.600 companies have applied for interest-free loans for a total of 6.8 billion kroner. 90 % of the applications have been granted. More than one-third of the applications come from companies occupied with trade, hotels and restaurants.

  4. The largest airline company in the Nordic countries, SAS, has been offered a rescue plan, where Denmark and Sweden give the company a major capital injection. The total value of the plan involves strengthening the capital with 10 billion kroner, from which 8.5 are direct injections, and the remaining 1.5 billion kroner are found by converting the debt to debt owners into stocks. More details below.

An overview of the countries which the EU has eased restrictions on / Photo: dw.com

POLITICS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • The EU has worked out a list of 14 third countries that are considered as safe countries, from where tourists should be allowed to travel in. The Member States are not obliged to follow this list, and the Ministry of Justice won’t comment on this announcement until there’s been a meeting Wednesday (today) in the Foreign Policy Committee in the Parliament. The countries in question are Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. The list will be updated every two weeks.

  • The Minister of Justice, Nick Hækkerup (S) is considering the use of obligatory corona tests in the airport for all arrivers from outside of the EU in Copenhagen Airport if the use of encouragement to be tested at the airport turns out to not be enough.

  • 23.600 companies have applied for interest-free loans for a total of 6.8 billion kroner. 90 % of the applications have been granted. More than one-third of the applications come from companies occupied with trade, hotels and restaurants. The loans must be paid back on the 1st of April next year.

  • Employees in the social care sector must be tested regularly in the future for coronavirus. This is the content of an agreement between the Government, Local Government Denmark (KL) and the Danish Regions. This will happen based on the spread of the virus in each municipality, where there will be two categories – green, where there’s less than 20 new infected per 100.000 citizens the last week, and red, where there’s 20 or more new infected per 100.000 citizens the last week. Employees in green municipalities will be tested every six weeks, and employees in red municipalities will be tested every two weeks. The testing will generally be done at the workplace. There won’t be a demand that any employee must be tested, it’s an offer to each employee.

  • The government is now expected to make an announcement that will ease the distance requirements for the football clubs from 2 meters to 1 meter of distance between each spectator. It’s also expected that family members will now be allowed to sit next to each other. This will mean that football clubs can let in significantly more spectators. Brøndby IF, as an example, will be able to host 8.000 spectators, if the announcement follows what a majority of the parties in the Parliament agreed to yesterday, without the Social democratic Party.

HEALTH-RELATED INFORMATION

  • 12.768 have tested positive, 17 more than yesterday.

  • 32 are hospitalised with corona-virus, 3 fewer than yesterday.

  • Of those 32 are 10 in intensive care, 1 more than yesterday.

  • Of those 10 are 4 in respirators, the same as yesterday.

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

  • 831.196 have been tested for corona-virus (+8.932) with 12.768 positives (1.54 % positives), a drop of 0.01 %-point from yesterday.

  • 11.649 are reported as healthy again, after having been diagnosed with coronavirus, 37 more than yesterday.

  • 3 more nursery home residents at Vendelbocentret i Sindal in Hjørring has now been reported healthy, increasing the total to 6. 7 elderly are still isolated, while an eight resident is hospitalised. 17 out of 32 employees have been reported healthy, the same as yesterday.

  • 13 new cases of coronavirus have been found in Vesthimmerland municipality the last week, which makes the municipality appeal to their citizens on Facebook to look more out for each other.

OTHER INFORMATION

  • The largest airline company in the Nordic countries, SAS, has been offered a rescue plan, where Denmark and Sweden give the company a major capital injection. The total value of the plan involves strengthening the capital with 10 billion kroner, from which 8.5 are direct injections, and the remaining 1.5 billion kroner are found by converting the debt to debt owners into stocks. This rescue plan must be approved at an extraordinary general assembly on the 25th of August before it can enter into effect. The full plan involves four parts.

1) A stock expansion, where stock owners will increase their share of stocks, for 2.9 billion kroner, from which the Danish and Swedish state will increase their ownership of SAS from 14 % each to 20 %.

2) Selling new stocks for a total of 2 billion kroner.

3) Converting obligations for a total of 2.5 billion kroner.

4) A huge loan from the Danish and Swedish state of 4.3 billion kroner, where the Danish state pays 2.5 billion kroner.

  • Save the Children Denmark are arranging 58 summer camps for vulnerable children and their parents this year, which is a major increase from 37 summer camps last year. The organisation believes that it is because many families need a break from everyday life after the corona-shutdown. “This year are the summer camps extra necessary for vulnerable children who live in families where going on a tenting trip or to a summer house isn’t an option. Extra necessary because a lot of families during the corona-shutdown actually have been in a crisis and experienced an extremely high level of conflicts at home,” says the Secretary-General in the organisation, Johanne Schmidt-Nielsen.

  • The Danes have been watching significantly more TV than before the crisis. Before were the Danes watching, on average, TV for 2 hours and 19 minutes each day. This has now increased by 29 minutes. Interestingly are fewer listening to the radio, as well as downloading podcasts.



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