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Summary, 02.05.2020 - A vaccine may be ready in mid-June according to researchers from Oxford

Updated: May 4

TODAY'S BULLETS

  1. Scientists from Oxford University are reporting that they hope to have a vaccine ready in six weeks, in the middle of June. They expect the vaccine to be potentially ready for distribution in September, but that will require approvals from various medicinal agencies.

  2. Money may have been paid out to fraudsters, admits the Minister of Business, Simon Kollerup, after billions of kroner has been paid out on the salary compensation scheme without initial control. 6.7 billion kroner has been paid out on this scheme.

  3. In comparison, the government expects that there will be applied for a total of 64-66 billion kroner in the compensation scheme for fixed expenditures, like rent. Venstre and De Radikale have proposed speed-payouts for these schemes as well, but the Minister of Business, Simon Kollerup, informs that this has not been put on the table yet.

  4. The Danish nurses are now putting the foot down on their working conditions. Long and unknown working hours, being moved around, and called to work at all times of the day, without extra payment, makes the Danish Nurses Organization (Dansk Sygeplejeråd) complain to The Regions.

  5. More young people than normal will be rejected from entering higher educational institutions due to the corona-crisis. The reason is that young people generally tend to seek more towards the higher educational institutions in times of crisis than normally, which will make the fight for the seats even tougher.

Foto: Illustratiion: Dado Ruvic/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

POLITICS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Money may have been paid out to fraudsters, admits the Minister of Business, Simon Kollerup, after billions of kroner has been paid out on the salary compensation scheme without initial control: “There may be some bag eggs, who are attempting to take advantage of the situation, but they must not stand in the way for the thousands of proper, good companies, who need this help. Therefore, we decided to do this speed-payout with open eyes to the risk that exists that fraudsters have gotten through,” he says. The Danish Business Authority has only controlled the applications for doublets, administrational mistakes and looked at applications from companies that have received a high-risk evaluation. Recently 50 million kroner was allocated to strengthen the controlling effort in the authority, and the punishments for cheating with the compensation schemes have been quadrupled. The speed-payout was only in place for the companies that had applied before the 28th of April. Applications received after this date will be controlled as normal. So far there has been applied for 6.7 billion kroner in salary compensation.

  • In comparison, the government expects that there will be applied for a total of 64-66 billion kroner in the compensation scheme for fixed expenditures, like rent. Venstre and De Radikale have proposed speed-payouts for these schemes as well, but the Minister of Business, Simon Kollerup, informs that this has not been put on the table yet. When asked if this is due to the much larger amount of money involved, he says: “It is due to the compensation scheme for fixed expenditures being a much more complicated scheme, that requires more documentation, that there is a lot of money at stake, and that it is the compensation scheme that has had the shortest lifespan. The government is focused on that the companies receive the money as quickly as possible. But it must constantly be balanced with the risk of cheating taking place with the scheme.

  • Copenhagen Police has now put up signs at various “focus areas” around Copenhagen, which warns people that the area can be closed if there are too many people gathering closely together. Gøteborg Plads, Dronning Louises Bro, Amager Strandpark, parts of Fælledparken, the carriageway on Sønder Boulevard and Islands Brygge are those focus areas.

  • Copenhagen Police made controls of 600 business owners Saturday. Several of the places will be visited again, and a single one has been given an injunction of shutting down. As the numbers indicate, it seems the companies are generally good at respecting the various guidelines from the authorities, says the Head of Communication in Copenhagen Police, Paw Kaltoft.

HEALTH-RELATED INFORMATION

  • 9.407 have tested positive, 96 more than yesterday (Expect large dark numbers since we haven't been testing everyone with symptoms from the start, ed.).

  • 232 are hospitalized, 17 less than yesterday.

  • Of those 232, 60 are in intensive care, 1 less than yesterday.

  • Of those 60, 44 are in respirators, the same as yesterday.

  • 475 Corona-infected Danes have died, 15 more than yesterday.

  • 221.912 have been tested for corona-virus (+15.336), with 9.407 positives (4.24 % positives), a drop of 0.26 % from the day before yesterday (We are testing more, so we are also finding more non-infected, ed.)

  • 6.889 are reported as healthy again, after having been hospitalized with corona-virus, 160 more than yesterday.

  • Scientists from Oxford University are reporting that they hope to have a vaccine ready in six weeks, in the middle of June. “Hundreds have been vaccinated now, and we are hoping to get some signals whether it works or not in the middle of June. When the vaccine has been approved, we don’t want to waste time on going back and find out how to get it distributed to most people possible in the shortest time possible,” says Sir John Bell, Regius professor in Medicine at Oxford University. Therefore, the team has already arranged with the medicinal giant AstraZeneca that they will be responsible for mass-producing the vaccination. If everything goes well people in risk groups will be vaccinated first, and preferably across the entire globe. The same researchers said Wednesday that they expect the vaccine to be potentially ready for distribution in September, but that will require approvals from various medicinal agencies.

  • The Danish nurses are now putting the foot down on their working conditions. Long and unknown working hours, being moved around, and called to work at all times of the day, without extra payment, makes the Danish Nurses Organization (Dansk Sygeplejeråd) complain to The Regions (Danske Regioner). The current number of hospitalized corona-patients does not justify the current working conditions, says the President of the organization, Grethe Christensen. The Regions are promising to look at potential adjustments but cannot promise certain changes or compensations.

  • The number of hospitalised corona-patients in Southern Jutland has significantly dropped the last weeks. Friday afternoon there were only 8 hospitalised patients. The vast majority of the infected are taking care of their illness at home. “Even though many of them are hit hard, it is still the vast majority that survives. However, one out of five in respirator does not come out of the hospital alive. And that is actually quite severe,” says Commanding Chief Physician at the Intensive Ward at Sygehus Sønderjylland in Aabenraa, Lynge Kirkegaard. He also informs, that the hospital has only had 20 patients hospitalized at once at the peak, and therefore they will lower the capacity from 36 beds to 21.

  • The app “Min læge” (My practitioner) has become one of the most popular apps in Denmark and has been downloaded more than 421.000 times on a month. The app can be used to video consultations with the practitioner.

  • Employees who were cleaning the schools in Aalborg municipality before the reopening has experienced severe reactions, due to the use of the disinfecting product Penitol. The employees have experienced troubles breathing, nausea, dizziness and headaches. At least 10 have reported their complications as work injuries.

  • During the corona crisis, the Environmental Protection Agency has issued 15 injunctions on withdrawal of disinfecting products like hand sanitizer, and 20 admonitions have been issued regarding stopping marketing disinfecting products.

OTHER NEWS

  • More young people than normal will be rejected from entering higher educational institutions due to the corona-crisis. The reason is that young people generally tend to seek more towards the higher educational institutions in times of crisis than normally, which will make the fight for the seats even tougher. This estimate is based on experiences from after the financial crisis in 2008, where the number of rejected in a single year rose with 50 % from 8.962 to 13.689.

  • Around 137 Danes are still stranded in India. They can now fly to Denmark through Amsterdam over several days in May, according to the Citizen Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. Dehli has flights 10th, 12th, 17th and 19th of May at 02:55, and two flights from Mumbai departs the 7th and 14th of May, both days at 02.25. Tickets can be purchased at klm.com, and customers must choose single fare.

  • 902 Danes are still stranded abroad. The majority, just short of 300, is in Pakistan. The remaining Danes are in India, Morocco, Argentina, Iraq, Spain, Gambia, Serbia, Turkey and Afghanistan.

  • School kids from Skolen ved Bülowsvej on Frederiksberg will be taught in Forum until the summer holiday. The 10.000 square meters will be converted into everything from reading rooms to skating zones.



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