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09.06.2020 - You can now be tested for antibodies against coronavirus at pharmacies.

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TODAY'S BULLETS

  1. It is now possible to be tested for antibodies against coronavirus at selected pharmacies in Copenhagen. The test costs 299 kroner and doesn’t require a referral. See the full list of pharmacies below.

  2. A majority outside of the government now wants to permit the Danes to have parties after midnight, like weddings and round birthdays, even if the parties are taking place at a restaurant or similar.

  3. The Prime Minister was in consultation with the Parliament today. She believes that she has given a clear answer to which authorities that recommended the government to shut down Denmark: “The authorities are saying that we have to break infection chains and reduce human contact. This leads to a decision from us to shut down. We receive counselling and recommendations about how to get the decision under control. But the decision of how and how much needs to be shut down is a political decision."

  4. The Prime Minister also made it clear at the consultation today that there is no written basis for the shutdown. "Does the Parliament sincerely believe, that there was a written basis? If I had asked for that, we would have been too late. It’s not something you just quickly get down on paper,” she said. She explained that there was other written material circulating before the decision, but that the government won't hand this over to the Parliament since it’s “internal documents”.

  5. It’s not likely that there will be any changes to the rules regarding entering Denmark for sweethearts, for now, explained the Prime Minister as well.

  6. The Prime Minister said today that releasing the Danes' froze holiday money from 2019 is part of the considerations that the government is currently having.

  7. Public employees in Region Hovedstaden and Region Sjælland are now allowed to resume to their workplaces from the 15th of June.

An antibody test in process / Photo: Skynews

POLITICS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • The Prime Minister believes that she has given a clear answer to which authorities that recommended the government to shut down Denmark: “The authorities are saying that we have to break infection chains and reduce human contact. This leads to a decision from us to shut down. We receive counselling and recommendations about how to get the decision under control. But the decision of how and how much needs to be shut down is a political decision,” says Mette Frederiksen after consultations with the other parties in the Parliament.

  • The Prime Minister also made it clear at the consultation today that there is no written basis for the shutdown. When asked this question by Karsten Lauritzen from Venstre, she said: “Does the Parliament sincerely believe, that there was a written basis? If I had asked for that, we would have been too late. It’s not something you just quickly get down on paper.” She explained that there was other written material circulating before the decision, but that the government doesn’t want to hand this over to the Parliament since it’s “internal documents”.

  • It’s not likely that there will be any changes to the rules regarding entering Denmark for sweethearts, for now, explained the Prime Minister. De Radikale, with Morten Østergaard in the front, wanted to know when the Prime Minister would allow sweethearts from abroad to enter the country. But this hope was extinguished by Mette Frederiksen, who said she too is looking forward to that the border restrictions can be eased further.

  • When asked why tourists cannot stay in Copenhagen or Frederiksberg municipalities by Alex Vanopslagh from Liberal Alliance said the Prime Minister that it is a balance of what to do in the current situation and that she’s worried that there would be too many people gathered in the capital otherwise. Furthermore, she said: “To my knowledge, there are no countries that have just opened up without travel restrictions.

  • Det Konservative Folkeparti wants to give the Danes their frozen holiday money for 2019 back in order to allow the money to circulate, and thereby boost the economy. The Prime Minister said today that this is also part of the considerations that the government is currently having, and she’s therefore not necessarily against the idea.

  • A majority outside of the government now wants to permit the Danes to have parties after midnight, like weddings and round birthdays, even if the parties are taking place at a restaurant or similar. Venstre, Dansk Folkeparti, De Konservative, De Radikale and Liberal Alliance are behind this proposal. Currently are parties at restaurants or other similar places not allowed to continue after midnight, since the government considers these to be in the same category as taverns and cafés, which have to close at midnight.

  • Public employees in Region Hovedstaden and Region Sjælland are now allowed to resume to their workplaces from the 15th of June. The rest of the country’s public employees were allowed to return to work from the 27th of June, but these two regions were exempt, due to the higher number of coronavirus-infections on Sjælland.

  • There are now only two hotspots left in Eastern Jutland - Graven in Aarhus and Tronholmen in Randers.

HEALTH-RELATED INFORMATION

  • 12.001 have tested positive, 39 more than yesterday.

  • 73 are hospitalised with corona-virus, 6 less than yesterday.

  • Of those 73 are 15 in intensive care, 1 less than yesterday.

  • Of those 15 are 5 in respirators, 2 less than yesterday.

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

  • 594.790 have been tested for corona-virus (+9.766) with 12.001 positives (2.02 % positives), a drop of 0.02 %-point from yesterday.

  • 10.849 are reported as healthy again, after having been diagnosed with coronavirus, 57 more than yesterday.

  • It is now possible to be tested for antibodies against coronavirus at selected pharmacies in Copenhagen. The test costs 299 kroner and doesn’t require a referral. You need to allow yourself to be pinched in the finger by a pharmacist since a drop of blood is needed. The test is not 100 % accurate, and antibodies are not measurable in the blood before 2-3 weeks after you have been infected. We also don’t know whether the creation of antibodies also means that you are immune to the virus. Enghave Apotek, Dalgas Boulevard Apotek, Glostrup Apotek, Bagsværd Apotek and Albertslund Apotek are offering the test.

  • Two new Danish antibody-tests can determine, with 97 % accuracy, whether you’ve had coronavirus. They cannot, however, tell whether you are protected against coronavirus. One test can determine whether you’ve created antibodies, and the other can determine which kind of antibodies that have been created. It is still uncertain when these tests can be accessible for citizens, but the tests are ready to be produced. The researchers behind the test are hoping that it can be brought to the laboratories in next week. The tests have been developed by Rigshospitalet and Novo Nordisk.

  • A Danish vaccine against coronavirus has been proven to be effective on mice. The results haven’t been published in a medical magazine yet, but they are promising, says the team behind it from the Panum Institute at Copenhagen University. “The results are showing that we, with this vaccine, can raise antibodies in mice and block the living coronavirus. That’s the first large milestone,” says Adam Sandler Bertelsen, who is in charge of the team. The team is hoping to be able to begin clinical trials on humans before the end of the year, and to be able to mass-produce a vaccine, if everything goes well, within a year from now.

OTHER INFORMATION

  • The number of tourist bookings dropped with 76 % in April, compared to April 2019, according to numbers from Statistics Denmark. Particularly the hotels were hit hard and lost 92 % of their bookings.

  • Lalandia in Billund and Rødby are opening their water parks again from the 11th of June.



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