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28.11.2021 – Facemasks in a comeback tomorrow, 5-11 year-olds can get vaccinated, and a new variant

This summary is a mix of various announcements and developments that have happened since Wednesday, where there was a press conference with among others the Minister of Health Magnus Heunicke (S), where the government wanted to reimplement various restrictions due to the current development in the covid-19 pandemic.


Most of these proposals have now been approved by the parliament's epidemic commission. Furthermore, there's a new variant on the rise, causing concern and some entry restrictions, and finally has Pfizer's vaccine been approved by the EMA to be used on children aged 5-11, and can now be given to children here in Denmark as well.

Bullets:

  1. Facemasks will make a return, being mandatory to use in public transport, supermarkets, retail stores etc., as well as visitors at hospitals and elderly care centres.

  2. Night clubs and restaurants/bars offering indoor service, liberal businesses like hairdressers, beauty and tattoo parlours etc., have to ask for a valid corona passport, but there’s no requirement on the use of facemasks.

  3. The validity of the corona passport based on negative tests is reduced to 48 hours for quick tests, and 72 hours for PCR tests.

  4. The European Medical Agency (EMA) has Thursday approved the Pfizer vaccine to children aged 5-11 years of age. Parents to children in this age group can book a time for their kids already now on www.vacciner.dk.

  5. A new variant of covid-19 (B.1.1.529) called the Omicron variant has emerged in South Africa and is a cause of concern due to many mutations on the spike protein of the virus, meaning that there’s a risk that the current vaccines may be less efficient, or in the worst case non-effective against the variant.

  6. As a result, there have been reimplemented restrictions if you travel into Denmark from seven countries – South Africa, and the six neighbouring countries Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Namibia.

  7. Travellers coming in from any of those seven countries must now take a PCR-test within 24 hours of arrival in Denmark and isolate for 10 days.

  8. Two persons have tested positive with the new omicron-variant of covid-19 in Denmark. The persons in question were passengers on two planes arriving from South Africa with transit in Amsterdam on respectively the 23rd and 24th of November.


Don't forget to read the full details below the picture for more information!


Facemasks will make a comeback tomorrow / Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix


Full list of places where the corona passport will be required:



New restrictions – facemasks, shorter validity of quick- and PCR-tests, and improved use of the corona passport

  • The Epidemic Commission in the Parliament has approved most of the government’s proposals for various restrictions in Denmark due to the current covid-19 development.

  • Facemasks will make a return, being mandatory to use in public transport, supermarkets, retail stores etc., as well as visitors at hospitals and elderly care centres. Employees in supermarkets and retail centres can avoid the use of facemasks by showing the corona passport.

  • Night clubs and restaurants/bars offering indoor service, liberal businesses like hairdressers, beauty and tattoo parlours etc., have to ask for a valid corona passport, but there’s no requirement on the use of facemasks.

  • Signs must be put up to tell customers about the demand of using facemasks or corona passports before they enter the store.

  • The validity of the corona passport based on negative tests is reduced to 48 hours for quick tests, and 72 hours for PCR tests.

  • The corona passport must now be used when more than 1.000 people are attending an event outdoors, and more than 100 people indoors.

  • You must also be able to show a valid corona passport when attending university, adult educations or language schools.

  • Both private and public institutions and workplaces can now ask for a valid corona passport from their employees if they are to work on-site.

  • All restrictions currently in place are valid until the 11th of December since that's the date where covid-19 will no longer have status as a socially critical illness unless the Parliament agrees to extend the status beyond this date.


Vaccination of 5–11-year-olds

  • The European Medical Agency (EMA) has Thursday approved the Pfizer vaccine to children aged 5-11 years of age.

  • The Danish Health Agency has therefore Friday recommended parents to get their children vaccinated.

  • The vaccine is just as efficient in this age group as the other age groups and is solidly tested, and side effects are not expected to be any different for the younger children than those experienced by others.

  • The current wave in the pandemic in Denmark is driven by infection among younger children, and the vaccination of those is a tool to gain the control back of the pandemic, as well as to prevent infection of more vulnerable elders from the young kids.

  • Parents to children in this age group can book a time for their kids already now on www.coronaprover.dk. The procedure is similar to the one most adults know, but there’s a bit more time allocated ahead of the vaccination to talk with the child about the vaccines, as well as any other topics that are important to the child, to reduce anxiety and stress.


Omicron variant

  • A new variant of covid-19 (B.1.1.529) called the Omicron variant has emerged in South Africa and is a cause of concern due to many mutations on the spike protein of the virus, meaning that there’s a risk that the current vaccines may be less efficient, or in the worst case non-effective against the variant.

  • Preliminary reports from South Africa indicates however that symptoms from this variant seem to be milder, but nothing is certain yet due to a low amount of infected with the variant, and therefore a low amount of data.

  • As a result, there have been reimplemented restrictions if you travel into Denmark from seven countries – South Africa, and the six neighbouring countries Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Namibia. These are now also red on the Danish travel guide, and as such are all travels to those countries advised against.

  • Travellers coming in from any of those seven countries must now take a PCR-test within 24 hours of arrival in Denmark and isolate for 10 days. It is also now illegal to fly to Denmark with passengers from any of the seven countries, who cannot show a negative covid-19 test before boarding the plane. Foreigners with residence in any of those seven countries must now also have a special worthy purpose for entering Denmark. For those special purposes see the list here: https://en.coronasmitte.dk/travel-rules/categorization-of-countries

  • Two persons have tested positive with the new omicron-variant of covid-19 in Denmark.

  • The persons in question were passengers on two planes arriving from South Africa with transit in Amsterdam on respectively the 23rd and 24th of November.

  • More specifically, the planes in question are the plane from Amsterdam to Kastrup at 11:29 on the 23rd of November, and the plane from Amsterdam to Billund at 13:45 on the 24th of November.

  • All passengers arriving on those two planes are recommended to enter isolation and get tested today the 28th, as well as on Tuesday the 30th.

  • The infection tracking unit is going through both second and 3rd link contacts – so close contacts and the close contacts of close contacts will be contacted by the infection tracking unit.




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