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Summary, 03.04.2020 - Half of all hospitalised with covid-19 in Denmark has been released again

Updated: Apr 6

First of all, I apologise that the summary comes out only today. My dad turned 60, and we were invited for a meal, so my girlfriend and I were very late home. We don't have a shower at our place, so we see my parents every other day already. I do not encourage any of you to see people, whom you don't live with unless there is an utmost need!


I managed to save my sources on the computer this time, so here is the summary!

The 3rd of April there were two press conferences, with respectively several health authorities and organisations, as well as one with the Danish police. There was also a press conference with the WHO about the global situation, but I am sure it can be found in English online, so I will not take up space on that one in this summary.


TODAY'S BULLETS


  1. Around half of all who have been hospitalised with coronavirus in Denmark has now been released again (500 out of 1.173).

  2. The Danish Health Authority expects to see more infected among health- and nursery-staff, because they are testing more of them, and more often than the rest of the population.

  3. The Danish Health Authority does still not recommend facial protection since there is no documented effect when it comes to healthy people. They urge people to not go outside if they show symptoms.

  4. People are allowed to go out in the Easter - but the ban on public gatherings of more than 10 people in public are still in place, and the police WILL hit down hard on all that do not respect this.

  5. 13.500 independents have applied for compensation of their fixed expenditures in the last two days.

  6. A scam-mail is being sent around, with the police as sender. It is a hoax though. The mail has 'Om coronavirus/COVID19' in the subject field.

Foto: Niels Christian Vilmann/Ritzau Scanpix

PRESS CONFERENCE WITH SEVERAL HEALTH AUTHORITIES AND ORGANISATIONS

PRESENT

  • Director for the Danish Health Authority - Søren Brostrøm

  • Chairman for the Association of Doctors - Andreas Rudkjøbing

  • Chairman for the Danish Nurses Organization - Grethe Christensen

  • Sector Chairman in FOA - Torben Hollman

  • Director for the Municipalities National Organisation (KL) - Christian Harsløf

  • Director for Health Policies in the Danish Regions - Erik Jylling

Danish Health Authority

  • For health personnel there are two issues - for one, you can be infected at your work, which is a risk for yourself. And secondly, you can become infected outside your work, and be worried for, whether you can carry that infection to your work and infect colleagues and patients. We have to try and prevent both.

  • We expect to see more infected among health- and nursery-staff, because we are testing more of them, and more often than the rest of the population.

  • We listen to the critique of a lack of clear guidelines, and we hear that we can do things better. But I actually think we have made guidelines rather quickly when you look at how long time it normally takes.

  • If you have a suspicion that someone is infected, then you, of course, have to use protective equipment. And no matter how good our guidelines might be, they are only as strong as the weakest part of the chain. There is a huge responsibility here for the management in the Regions, to ensure, that their staff knows what to do.

  • We do still not recommend facial protection since there is no documented effect when it comes to healthy people. We urge people to not go outside if they show symptoms. But we follow the research on the area closely and discusses it frequently.

  • Søren Brostrøm will go home and work on the guidelines on how staff must protect themselves when they stand in situations, where there can be doubt whether a patient is infected with covid-19 or not. He expects more precise guidelines to be ready next week.

FOA

  • Many of our members are worried about whether they can carry the infection to the elderly, which many of our members work with. We are also aware, that there are supply-issues with protective equipment, and we need to get this under control.

Danish Nurses Organization

  • The increasing number of health-professionals infected with corona is giving an increased worry in society. And gives an increased discussion regarding how to handle the meeting between staff and patients.

  • We would like to encourage the Danish Health Authorities to re-evaluate their guidelines in terms of protective equipment when you e.g. have to give intravenous tube feeding for a longer time.

  • We also encourage new guidelines, so that protective equipment must be used, even if you are treating patients, who you do not suspect are infected with corona-virus.

Association of Doctors

  • We would like to encourage regions and municipalities to address what to concretely do in the individual ward if a shortage of protective equipment arises. We need guidelines about this.

  • We also have to be creative. Abroad we have seen examples where one-time-use protective equipment is being sterilised, so they can be reused.

Municipalities National Organisation

  • An airbridge has been made to Asia in order to have protective equipment delivered, but many Danish companies are also making a huge effort. Small and large companies are producing protective equipment, meaning that we are now producing hand sanitizer, gloves and soon visors. This means, that we can soon start to fill up the stocks.

  • We have to say, that when we are in a shortage-situation, the protective equipment has to be used with care.

  • It has become significantly easier to test staff with covid-19-symptoms, and therefore we can react faster and contain infected nursery-home-citizens.

Danish Regions

  • We do everything we can to give the staff everywhere the necessary protective equipment, and we follow the recommendations from the SST. But we are not gonna hide, that we are in a tight situation right now. We have seen deliveries from the East disappear en-route, become hijacked or simply not been made of the necessary quality, once it arrived here.

  • People must not have an image in their heads of, that some municipalities or regions have plenty of protective equipment, while others have none. That is not the case. We distribute the equipment after need.

PRESS CONFERENCE WITH THE POLICE


PRESENT

  • National Police Commissioner - Thorkild Fogde


SUMMARY

  • People are allowed to go out, but it is really important to keep distance and not gather in groups of more than 10. It is illegal.

  • We will implement a hard line. You can no longer be in doubt regarding which rules are in place. We don't find pleasure in doing this to the population, but it is so important to respect these rules. It is our everyday life, that is at risk, if not respected.

  • So far, 145 have been charged for violating the ban on public gatherings.

  • If we can see that people gather together again and again in the same park, we may have to shut down the park. But it hasn't been necessary yet.

OTHER HEALTH-RELATED INFORMATION

  • 3.627 have tested positive, 241 more than yesterday.

  • 517 are hospitalised, 8 less than yesterday.

  • Of those 517, 143 are in intensive care, 10 less than yesterday.

  • Of those 143, 116 are in respirators, 22 less than yesterday.

  • 139 Corona-infected Danes have died, 16 more than yesterday.

  • Around 500 have been hospitalised with coronavirus and has been released. That is roughly half of all the people, who have been, or is, hospitalised with the virus (1.173).

  • General practitioners reports of a very chaotic Thursday after the new guidelines for testing people for corona-virus went into force. Essentially there has been a bottleneck issue, where several testing facilities haven't been ready for the high amount of referrals.

  • The Danish Defence will purchase four new 'epishuttles', also known as adult-incubators, in order to transport corona-infected patients.

  • Several hospitals are experiences issues with false-negative answers when patients have been tested for coronavirus.

  • The Chairman of the Danish College of General Practitioners, Anders Beich, advises doctors and their patients to use facial protection during consultations.

  • The government has granted an additional 100 million kroner, which will, among other things, go to 10 new corona-related research projects.

  • Region Copenhagen receives 74 million kroner to 23 research projects in covid-19.

  • There has been a shift in the sex of people tested positive for corona-virus. The first 14 days it was mostly men, who tested positive. That has now changed so that women make out 55 % of the infected. According to Senior registrar at The Danish Institute for Serum, Peter Henrik Andersen, the reason is, that many of those who tested positive at first were people coming home from skiing-vacations in the alps, which apparently was mostly men, whereas the majority women we see now is due to the increased testing among health-personnel, which is dominated by women.

  • The Danish Institute for Serum concludes, that the initiatives taken because of the corona-situation can have had a positive effect on the numbers of whooping cough/pertussis. The number of cases was 874 and 851 in January and February, but only 43 in March.

  • The age of corona-related deaths in Denmark (* Data is anonymised in age groups with few cases of death):

- 59 or younger: 4 people.*

- 60-69: 15 people.*

- 70-79: 40 people - 12 women and 28 men.

- 80-89: 56 people - 20 women and 36 men.

- 90 or older: 24 people - 9 women and 15 men.

- Total: 139 cases of death - 46 women and 93 men.

- 84 % of the 139 deaths have within the last five years been hospitalised with a serious unless like diabetes, cancer, chronic lung diseases, cardiovascular diseases or blood-diseases.

OTHER NEWS

  • 20.000 companies have applied for the salary compensation package so far.

  • 13.500 independents have applied for compensation of their fixed expenditures in the last two days.

  • EU has approved the Danish state aid to the Travel Guarantee Fund (Rejsegarantifonden) of 1.5 billion kroner, which is to help cover cancelled trips. This initiative means, that the travel agencies inform the fund of which passengers that need to receive compensation, and then the fund pays the passengers and not the agency. The entire travel-sector is under immense pressure during the crisis.

  • If the need arises, the Ministry for Transports and the government can, legally, shut down The Great Belt Bridge (Storebæltsbroen) and The Little Belt Bridge (Lillebæltsbroen). If this were to happen, it would be to minimize the travel activity between the parts of the country. The Minister for Transport announces that such a travel ban is not imminent.

  • A scam-mail is being sent around, with the police as sender. It is a hoax though. The mail has 'Om coronavirus/COVID19' in the subject field.

  • 86.3 % of the population believes that the government has done what it needs to do, in order to handle the corona-outbreak, according to a poll made by Ritzau. 7 % believes though, that the initiatives taken has been too extreme.

  • Salling Group, who are behind supermarket shops like Bilka and Føtex, reports, that they are having slightly increased sales on food, but also experience heavy losses on other kinds of goods, like toys, electronics and textiles. Føtex has lost around 50 % of its total revenue, whereas Bilka has lost around 20 %.

  • The Minister for Transport, Benny Engelbrecht, recommends that people consider, whether their trip in the Easter break is necessary, and limits travels as much as possible. If you own a summerhouse it is okay to go there, but remember to still follow the official recommendations for good hygiene and distance.

  • Møns Klint has implemented a one-way initiative, due to the high amount of visitors.

  • The island of Christiansø, lying northeast of Bornholm, normally opens for the tourist-season at Easter. For now, though, all tourist- and guest facilities have been shut down because of the crisis. No cases have been reported on the island as of yet.

  • Denmark’s Democratic Festival (Folkemødet) has been cancelled for 2020 due to the corona-crisis.

  • 200 Danes arrived home yesterday on a flight from Lima, Peru. 85 other Nordic citizens were also onboard. The trip from Lima to Copenhagen was also SAS's longest uninterrupted flight ever, flying 11.000 kilometres, 3.700 kilometres longer than the previous record.

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