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Summary, 03.06.2020 - Students can go on the wagon trip - but translocations will be smaller in size

TODAY'S BULLETS

  1. The graduating students from the Danish upper secondary educational institutions (Gymnasier, HF etc.) will be allowed to go on the traditional wagon-trip with their caps. However, there will be put limitations to how many that can attend the graduation ceremonies, the so-called translocations (translokationer). The Parliament in unity has decided upon this solution.

  2. Students at the eight universities across the country will likely have to continue with the online teaching after the summer break, says the Principals’ Council underneath the Danish Universities (Rektorkollegiet / Danske Universiteter). There’s simply not enough room to have all the larger studies present as usual, and therefore it will be necessary to continue using digital solutions to make everything fit.

  3. A new whistleblower line must ensure that employees can report their employer’s fraud with the compensation schemes without fearing of losing their job. The bill is treated in the parliament today with urgent attention, and the Minister of Business, Simon Kollerup (S) will put forward an amendment that will ensure employees a compensation if their report is found valid. However, the current bill makes it clear that in case the employee is fired due to the reporting to the authorities, it will be up to the employee to prove that the firing has been due to this, which several parties and organisations believes should be changed so the employer has the responsibility to prove that the firing was not due to the whistleblowing.

  4. Germany is now withdrawing their warnings against travelling to the EU-countries, the UK, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland from the 15th of June.

  5. Italy reopens today its borders for tourists from Europe. International flights are expected to be resumed in the larger cities of Milano, Rome and Naples.

  6. A new target from Danske Regioner says that 3 out of 4 Danes must get an answer to their corona-test within 24 hours, and 95 % must have an answer within 2 days.

  7. The Oslo-ferry from DFDS will begin sailing again on the 25th of June from Copenhagen, and the first departure from Oslo will be the next day. Various initiatives will be taken to reduce the risk of infection.

The streets of Denmark will thankfully be filled with happy graduating students this summer / Foto: Colourbox

POLITICS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • The graduating students from the Danish upper secondary educational institutions (Gymnasier, HF etc.) will be allowed to go on the traditional wagon-trip. That is the conclusion from a united Parliament. However, there will be put limitations to how many that can attend the graduation ceremonies, the so-called translocations (translokationer). The Minister of Children and Education, Pernille Rosenkrantz-Theil, explains the decision: “We have as a government and parliament had to look at the total package, and we know from the young people themselves that the student trip was the most important part. So we have decided to say that the translocations will be smaller, so there’s fewer meeting across the classes. (…) But the good news is that it will be possible to get a festive ending to one’s study time, but also to a spring that in all ways thinkable has been a bit strange,” she says. The recommendation from the Danish Health Authority has been that the translocations were held as normal, but the wagon-trip was cancelled. This model has the politicians decided to “flip around”, says the Minister: “This is an expression of that we have allowed ourselves to be counselled, but have made a political decision. We are asking the health authorities to look at the political decision we have made, and then say: How do you then think we can do this in a justifiable way?” She also makes it clear that there will be no common bathing in fountains or large graduation parties where several classes are gathered.

  • Students at the eight universities across the country will likely have to continue with the online teaching after the summer break, says the Principals’ Council underneath the Danish Universities (Rektorkollegiet / Danske Universiteter). There’s simply not enough room to have all the larger studies present as usual, and therefore it will be necessary to continue using digital solutions to make everything fit.

  • A new whistleblower line must ensure that employees can report their employer’s fraud with the compensation schemes without fearing of losing their job. The bill is treated in the parliament today with urgent attention, and the Minister of Business, Simon Kollerup (S) will put forward an amendment that will ensure employees a compensation if their report is found valid. However, the current bill makes it clear that in case the employee is fired due to the reporting to the authorities, it will be up to the employee to prove that the firing has been due to this, which several parties and organisations believes should be changed so the employer has the responsibility to prove that the firing was not due to the whistleblowing.

  • Germany is now withdrawing their warnings against travelling to the EU-countries, the UK, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland from the 15th of June. However, the German authorities do not advise going to the UK as long as a 14 days quarantine period is in effect, and they make it clear, that the travelling ban can be reimplemented if the coronavirus starts spreading again. Regarding non-EU countries will the German government wait and see how the situation develops.

  • Italy reopens today its borders for tourists from Europe. International flights are expected to be resumed in the larger cities of Milano, Rome and Naples.

  • A new expert group will be made to look at “alternative solutions” for the travel sector, which is struggling a lot due to the corona-crisis. This has been decided by a broad majority in the Parliament. The expert group is expected to deliver its recommendations by next week. The proposed voucher-model, where the customers get a voucher for a cancelled trip, has proved to not be possible, due to EU-rules.

HEALTH-RELATED INFORMATION

  • 11.771 have tested positive, 37 more than yesterday.

  • 100 are hospitalised with corona-virus, 1 more than yesterday.

  • Of those 100 are 20 in intensive care, 1 less than yesterday.

  • Of those 20 are 10 in respirators, 1 less than yesterday.

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

  • 542.895 have been tested for corona-virus (+8.113) with 11.771 positives (2.17 % positives), a drop of 0.02 %-point from yesterday.

  • 10.552 are reported as healthy again, after having been hospitalised with corona-virus, 63 more than yesterday.

  • 3 out of 4 Danes must get an answer to their corona-test within 24 hours, and 95 % must have an answer within 2 days, says Danske Regioner. This new target has actually been reached the last two weeks by the hospitals, where 75 % who were tested the 25th of May got an answer within 22 hours, and 95 % within 40 hours. For emergency patients were the answering time shorter, with an answer within 4 to 8 hours after the test.

OTHER INFORMATION

  • The Oslo-ferry from DFDS will begin sailing again on the 25th of June from Copenhagen, and the first departure from Oslo will be the next day. It will be with a series of changes to reduce the risk of infection: reduced passenger capacity, the exclusive use of fresh air through the air supply systems onboard, increased cleaning with disinfecting products at all contact points, shifted boarding and landing, and no possibility for self-service in bars and restaurants. The route Amsterdam-Newcastle won’t be resumed before the 18th of June at the earliest.

  • Every third young person has not been drinking alcohol during the crisis, according to a new survey from the State Institute for Public Health (Statens Institut for Folkesundhed). 60 % answer that they have been drinking less or much less alcohol than usual, while every third haven’t been drinking at all. The explanation can be found in the ban on public assembly, according to professor Janne Tolstrup who is responsible for the survey: “Young people drink for the inebriation – and not to enjoy a glass of wine.



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