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25.06.2020 - Most of Europe will now become yellow, meaning tourists can enter Denmark.

TODAY'S BULLETS

  1. Most countries in Europe are now changing to yellow. The exceptions are Malta, Ireland, Portugal, Sweden, Romania and the UK. These updates mean that Danes can go abroad freely on vacation in the yellow countries without being advised to enter quarantine when returning, and that tourists from these countries can enter Denmark if they have booked a minimum of six nights of stay. More about this new model below.

  2. The MFA is still advising against all non-necessary travels to the rest of the world until the 31st of August. There’s work on a model that will allow an opening for third countries with a sensible amount of infected, a sufficiently developed testing regime, reliable reports and is handling the pandemic in a corresponding way to the European countries’ way of handling the pandemic. The requirement of no significant entry restrictions towards Danes will still be in place.

  3. The requirement for foreign tourists to book a minimum of six nights of stay in order to enter Denmark is not based on solid documentation of the effect. "The health authorities are telling us, that if we open the borders and invite people in, then there’s a risk we invite in new infection chains, that can spread across the country. There’s no truth telling us that it has to be five nights or six nights," said the Minister of Justice, Nick Hækkerup (S).

  4. 41 people with a connection to the Black Lives Matter demonstration and the plane from Pakistan have now tested positive for coronavirus. 12 people who have participated in the demonstration have tested positive, while 29 people with a connection to the plane have tested positive.

  5. Danish scientists from Aarhus University have discovered that 95 % of former hospitalized corona patients have developed antibodies – and the sicker one has been, the better is the quality of the antibodies. We still don’t know whether these antibodies are able to fight off the disease in practice, or how long these antibodies might work, but in theory, should this be good news.

Yellow = Danes can travel/entering tourists allowed, orange = not recommended/no entry for tourists / Photo: um.dk

REOPENING OF THE BORDERS

  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has today announced its updated travel guide map, where most countries in Europe is now changing to yellow. The exceptions are Malta, Ireland, Portugal, Sweden, Romania and the UK.

  • These announcements mean that Danes can go abroad freely on vacation in the yellow countries without being advised to enter quarantine when returning, and that tourists from these countries can enter Denmark if they have booked a minimum of six nights of stay.

  • Any changes will be announced by the SSI every Thursday at 16, where after the MFA will update the map.

  • The model used to determine these colours is based on the amount of infected per 100.000 citizens, where a country must have less than 20 infected for the last week. If a country becomes yellow, it will remain yellow as long as the number doesn’t increase to 30 or above. Then it will become orange again. If a country has restrictions on entry for Danes, or rules of quarantine, it will remain orange. That’s why Malta is orange, but it is expected to become yellow once they remove their entry restrictions on the 1st of July.

  • The numbers will be updated on a regional level for most EU and Schengen countries, as well as the UK. In case one is in a region where the infection number increases to more than 50, you are encouraged to be tested when you arrive back home.

  • There’s a special regional mechanism in place for the Nordic countries. When a Nordic country doesn’t fulfil the objective criteria, there will be a regional scheme in place, allowing individual regions to open, if they fulfil the criteria of less than 20 infected. That’s why Sweden is orange, but Västerbotten is yellow.

  • The MFA is still advising against all non-necessary travels to the rest of the world until the 31st of August. There’s work on a model that will allow an opening for third countries with a sensible amount of infected, a sufficiently developed testing regime, reliable reports and is handling the pandemic in a corresponding way to the European countries’ way of handling the pandemic. The requirement of no significant entry restrictions towards Danes will still be in place.

POLITICS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • The requirement for foreign tourists to book a minimum of six nights of stay in order to enter Denmark is not based on solid documentation of the effect. The Minister of Justice, Nick Hækkerup (S), was asked about this in the Parliament during a questioning session and answered: “The health authorities are telling us, that if we open the borders and invite people in, then there’s a risk we invite in new infection chains, that can spread across the country. There’s no truth telling us that it has to be five nights or six nights.” Ulla Tørnæs and Eva Kjer Hansen from Venstre didn’t get an answer to what would be required before the government would ease on this requirement.

HEALTH-RELATED INFORMATION

  • 12.636 have tested positive, 292 more than last Thursday.

  • 36 are hospitalised with corona-virus, 2 fewer than last Thursday.

  • Of those 36 are 9 in intensive care, 3 more than last Thursday.

  • Of those 9 are 4 in respirators, 1 more than last Thursday.

  • 603 Corona-infected residents in Denmark have died, 3 more than last Thursday.

  • 780.330 have been tested for corona-virus (+88.911) with 12.636 positives (1.62 % positives), a drop of 0.16 %-point from last Thursday.

  • 11.460 are reported as healthy again, after having been diagnosed with coronavirus, 218 more than last Thursday.

  • 41 people with a connection to the Black Lives Matter demonstration and the plane from Pakistan have now tested positive for coronavirus. 12 people who have participated in the demonstration have tested positive, while 29 people with a connection to the plane have tested positive.

  • Danish scientists from Aarhus University have discovered that 95 % of former hospitalized corona patients have developed antibodies – and the sicker one has been, the better is the quality of the antibodies. We still don’t know whether these antibodies are able to fight off the disease in practice, or how long these antibodies might work, but in theory, should this be good news. This new knowledge will be used to treat new corona patients with blood plasma from those former patients that have developed the best antibodies. The scientists have investigated blood samples from 203 previous hospitalised corona-patients.

  • Danish researchers will investigate whether there can be found traces of coronavirus in Danish sewage dating back to December. This comes after traces of coronavirus has been found in sewage dating back to December in Italy.

  • The flu-season became unusually mild, due to the corona-crisis. 2.290 patients were hospitalized with flu, from which 69 % weren’t vaccinated. The total estimated extra mortality through the season was 119 people, the majority of those above 65 years of age. In comparison was there in the 2018/2019 season extra mortality due to flu of 790 people.

OTHER INFORMATION

  • The corona-crisis has gotten many people to do their shopping online – 3 out of 4 Danes have been shopping online during the crisis. And particularly the elderly between 75 and 89 years of age have jumped on board the digital train. This age group has experienced an increase in online shopping of 65 % since 2016.

  • The ferry between Oslo and Copenhagen is sailing once again, after having been lying still in the dock in Nordhavn the last 3 months. The passengers won’t be able to go to the night club though, and all buffets have been removed. DFDS is also opening up for a new route between Frederikshavn and Oslo.

  • The International Monetary Fund is estimating that the global economy will shrink with 4.9 % in 2020, mainly due to the corona-crisis. The fund expects a total value of 79 trillion kroner to be lost. The drop in the Euro-zone is expected to be 10.2 % and in Germany 7.8 %. The US-drop is expected to be 8 %, while the growth in China is expected to be 1 %, dropping from 6.1 in 2019.

  • The Danes have started swinging around their credit cards again, with an increase in the retail sale of 9.4 % for May from April. This is the largest monthly increase ever since the beginning of the 2000s, where these statistics were launched. Particularly the sale of clothes has gone up, almost doubling from April. We are still not completely back to the level before the corona-crisis, however.

  • Copenhagen Airports are expecting a deficit of between 450 and 750 million kroner after taxes, due to the corona crisis. The deficit would have been even bigger without the compensation schemes, likely in between 700 and 1.000 million kroner.



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