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Summary, 02.06.2020 - Demonstrations can become super-spreading events, warns virologist.

TODAY'S BULLETS

  1. Demonstrations risk becoming super-spreading events, warns the professor of virology and immunology at Aarhus University, Søren Riis Paludan. “With this many people gathered together there’s a risk that we get some of these super-spreading events, where individuals can infect a very high amount of people,” he says. Research indicates that 80 % of the infection comes from 10-20 % of the infected.

  2. The biomedical laboratory scientists who are analyzing the vast majority of the Danish corona samples are under immense pressure and are reporting about stress, very late hours and unpredictable working tasks. Their workers’ union, Danske Bioanalytikere, sent a series of proposals to the Ministry of Health two weeks ago, but haven’t received any reply, which they find unacceptable. They proposed, among other things, to hire 115 extra scientists, to procure analytical equipment for 38 million kroner, as well as use students and other health professional groups in order to ease the workload.

  3. Elderly at retirement homes are thriving more during the corona-crisis despite the restrictions on visits, report several retirement homes. The elderly are sleeping better, less medicine is being used, there are fewer conflicts with citizens who are suffering from dementia, and the sickness absence among the staff is the lowest in many years. Finally, the staff has gotten more time to take care of the elderly.

  4. Graduating students still don’t know whether they can do the traditional wagon-trip. Two weeks ago did the government voice that it might be possible, but that it would have to be investigated. No news has been heard since, and the Association for Danish High School Students (Danske Gymnasieelevers Sammenslutning) are now pushing for a decision, given that the final exams are coming just around the corner, and that the companies doing these trips also need to know whether they can drive around or not.

  5. The turnaround on payment cards is now back to roughly the same level compared to the same period last year. However, we are using cash much less, according to numbers from the National Bank. Clothes and shoe shops, restaurants, hairdressers and beauty salons as well as bakeries have, more or less, resumed to normal levels of use of credit cards. Hotels are still much lower than before but have experienced increases in card use compared to during the shutdown.

  6. The police have implemented a ban on stopping at Sandkaj/Göteborg Plads in Nordhavn, Copenhagen, which will be in effect until the 4th of June at 18.

  7. A 20-year-old man has been given three months of unconditional prison for having coughed at officers while yelling “corona” by the Regional Court of Western Denmark (Vestre Landsret).

Protestors during the demonstration in Copenhagen, Sunday the 31st of May 2020 / Foto: RITZAU SCANPIX

POLITICS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • The biomedical laboratory scientists who are analyzing the vast majority of the Danish corona samples are under immense pressure and are reporting about stress, very late hours and unpredictable working tasks. Their workers’ union, Danske Bioanalytikere, sent a series of proposals to the Ministry of Health two weeks ago, but haven’t received any reply, which they find unacceptable. They proposed, among other things, to hire 115 extra scientists, to procure analytical equipment for 38 million kroner, as well as use students and other health professional groups in order to ease the workload. Monday morning have 637.738 samples either been or is currently being tested.

  • Graduating students still don’t know whether they can do the traditional wagon-trip. Two weeks ago did the government voice that it might be possible, but that it would have to be investigated. No news has been heard since, and the Association for Danish High School Students (Danske Gymnasieelevers Sammenslutning) are now pushing for a decision, given that the final exams are coming just around the corner, and that the companies doing these trips also need to know whether they can drive around or not. “We hope, that we can be allowed to do the wagon-trip just as is normally done. It is about time that we get to know what will happen. It is not super far into the future,” says the chairman of the organisation Martin Mejlgaard.

  • The police have implemented a ban on stopping at Sandkaj/Göteborg Plads in Nordhavn, Copenhagen. This is due to the many, many Copenhageners who decided to use the areas during the Pentecost-holiday and didn’t respect the distancing guidelines. The ban will be in effect until the 4th of June at 18.

  • A 20-year-old man has been given three months of unconditional prison for having coughed at officers while yelling “corona” by the Regional Court of Western Denmark (Vestre Landsret). The man was first acquitted in the city court in Aarhus, but the regional court disagreed with the verdict. They say that the man had put forward threats after the Law on Punishments, paragraph 119, act 1. “Coughing would have been suitable to infect others if he had been infected himself,” says the chairman of the court according to Ritzau. The case is considered to be a principal case and can, therefore, be raised to the supreme court.

  • Extending the salary compensation scheme until New Year’s Eve will cost 8.5 billion kroner, according to an answer to the parliament by the Minister of Business, Simon Kollerup (S). This comes as the parties will begin negotiations about the future of the compensation schemes this week.

  • The cases of fraud with the compensation schemes have increased to 34, involving an amount of roughly 15 million kroner. This is an increase from the 21st of May where 20 cases had been reported to the State Prosecutor for Serious Economic and International Crime. It is particularly the compensation scheme for salary compensation that has been exposed to fraud.

  • The announcement from the Danish government of advising against travels to the majority of the world is sending the hard-hit travel business on their knees, and if the government doesn’t compensate with compensation packages will parts of the industry risk shutting down permanently, says Spies, Bravo Tours and the Association of Danish Travel Agents and Tour Operators (Dansk Rejsebureau Forening).

  • The Danish Patient Safety Authority has sharpened their recommendations to Roskilde Katedralskole, encouraging them to get 4 1st-year classes tested. This comes after 5 1st-year students were tested positive for coronavirus after having been to Sweden during the Pentecost-holidays privately. All the classes of the 1st year were sent home as a consequence.

  • Representatives from the Sports Confederation of Denmark (Danmarks Idrætsforbund) and DGI met today to discuss what to do with the compensation scheme for sports associations granted by the government, which contained 44 million kroner. It will be a difficult task since the money won’t reach far. 2.966 sports associations and clubs applied for a total of 256 million kroner since they had to cancel events and other activities. The two organisations wish to have the grant increased, and they get support from the researcher in sports economics at the university of applied sciences UCN, Kenneth Cortsen: “Does the amount of 44 million kroner represent the economic value of the sport in Denmark? It can easily be argued that it doesn’t.

  • 17 people have been charged for violating the prohibition on public assembly in Greve during the weekend. These have all been associated with the car-gathering event called “Striben”. Saturday were 100 cars and at least 500 people gathered. The police managed to get hold of 9 people. Sunday it happened again, where 30-40 cars were gathered, and 50-60 people. The police here managed to stop 8 people. All received fines of 2.500 kroner.

  • 12 young women aged 19-20 have been given fines of 2.500 kroner for violating the assembly ban at Jels Søbad in Vejen municipality, Southern Jutland.

HEALTH-RELATED INFORMATION

  • 11.734 have tested positive, 35 more than yesterday.

  • 99 are hospitalised with corona-virus, 4 less than yesterday.

  • Of those 99 are 21 in intensive care, 1 more than yesterday.

  • Of those 21 are 11 in respirators, the same as yesterday.

  • 580 Corona-infected residents in Denmark have died, 4 more than yesterday.

  • 534.782 have been tested for corona-virus (+5.800) with 11.734 positives (2.19 % positives), a drop of 0.02 %-point from yesterday.

  • 10.489 are reported as healthy again, after having been hospitalised with corona-virus, 77 more than the day before yesterday.

  • Demonstrations risk becoming super-spreading events, warns the professor of virology and immunology at Aarhus University, Søren Riis Paludan. “With this many people gathered together there’s a risk that we get some of these super-spreading events, where individuals can infect a very high amount of people,” he says. Research indicates that 80 % of the infection comes from 10-20 % of the infected. 2.000 people were gathered at a demonstration Sunday in Copenhagen regarding the George Floyd-case. Demonstrations are a given right in the Danish constitution and are therefore exempt from the ban on public assembly of more than 10 people.

  • Elderly at retirement homes are thriving more during the corona-crisis despite the restrictions on visits, report several retirement homes. The elderly are sleeping better, less medicine is being used, there are fewer conflicts with citizens who are suffering from dementia, and the sickness absence among the staff is the lowest in many years. Finally, the staff has gotten more time to take care of the elderly. This knowledge must be used once the corona-crisis is over, says several retirement homes as well as Selveje Danmark and Danske Diakonhjem, who represents around 100 private retirement homes.

OTHER INFORMATION

  • The turnaround on payment cards is now back to roughly the same level compared to the same period last year. However, we are using cash much less, according to numbers from the National Bank. Clothes and shoe shops, restaurants, hairdressers and beauty salons as well as bakeries have, more or less, resumed to normal levels of use of credit cards. Hotels are still much lower than before but have experienced increases in card use compared to during the shutdown. A more visual depiction of these trends can be found here.

  • Danes hoarded books before the shutdown according to a new report from Statistics Denmark based on reports from the public libraries. Just before the shutdown were roughly 40.000 to 90.000 books borrowed out each day. But the 12th of March, just before the shutdown of the libraries on the 13th of March, were 125.000 books borrowed.

  • Dantaxi is putting up corona-streamers on 2.000 of their cars, saying: “This taxi drives with extra Covid-19-initiatives.” The initiatives taken are a shielding between the front and backseats, the driver must sterilize all contact surfaces after each customer, and the customer is encouraged to use hand sanitizer before the beginning of the trip. Dantaxi operates around half of the 4.000 Danish taxis.

  • The men’s clothing chain Tøjeksperten has been saved Tuesday, since the company behind the chain as well as other chains, PWT, have gotten their survival plan approved by the creditors. The plan includes a loss of a three-digit million kroner amount. The company decided to suspend payments on the 17th of April due to the crisis.



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