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Summary, 03.05.2020 - No news about the 2nd phase of the reopening until just before the 10th of May

TODAY'S BULLETS

  1. The Prime Minister attended "21 Søndag", where three points were iterated: 1) The decision of what is included in the second phase of the reopening will be based on health- and economic trade-offs; 2) The government does not use public shaming as a tool of communication; 3) We won't know what will be reopened in the second phase until just before the 10th of May.

  2. The Minister of Business, Simon Kollerup, is asking the accountants to show civism and not push up their prices when they are helping companies applying for the compensation schemes. “I want to make it clear to the audit-sector that it is not okay to exploit the current situation, where many need the help of the accountants, by pushing up the prices or take unfair payments for the job.

  3. There is likely going to be an increased amount of applications on the higher educations this summer due to the corona-crisis, which will lead to more rejections. An organisation for Danish high school students wants the minister to open up more spots on the educations, but the Minister wants the students to apply more broadly, both in terms of choice of education and geography.

  4. An expert group will advise the government about the reopening of Denmark. The three experts in the group must have their recommendations ready by the 6th of May, which will be used in the political negotiations regarding the reopening of Denmark.

  5. The buyer of the Danish National Vaccine-factory, Sheik Abdulaziz Hamad Aljomaih, has applied and received salary compensation for his employees, despite having said that they are working at full speed on developing a vaccine against corona.

Foto: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix

POLITICS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • The Prime Minister attended "21 Søndag", where three points were iterated:


  1. The decision of what is included in the second phase of the reopening will be based on an evaluation of what is justifiable from a health perspective as well as what benefits the Danish businesses and economy quickest and best. "If we open too quickly and too much, we risk the infection getting out of control," she says.

  2. The Prime Minister repeated that she and the rest of the government are not actively using public shaming as a tool in the communication with the citizens. The Minister of Business has been criticized for publicly shaming IKEA for not having consulted the public authorities before the reopening, despite that there is no legal requirement to do so.

  3. She won't say what will reopen until just before the 10th of May. "I would prefer to open everything up at once, but it wouldn't be justifiable. It must be justifiable from a health perspective, and it must be to the benefit of the Danish business life. (But) if we're too careful and slow and doesn't use the lead we have in Denmark, then there is also a risk associated with that," she said.


  • The Minister of Business, Simon Kollerup, is asking the accountants to show civism and not push up their prices when they are helping companies applying for the compensation schemes. “I want to make it clear to the audit-sector that it is not okay to exploit the current situation, where many need the help of the accountants, by pushing up the prices or take unfair payments for the job,” he says. The reprimand comes after i.a. the interest organization for small and medium-sized companies SMV Danmark has reported high audit-fees and rising prices on audit—services on the compensation packages. The only compensation scheme that currently requires an accountant is on the scheme for fixed expenditures, where a stamp from an approved accountant is needed. The state compensates 80 % of the audit-fee up to 20.000 kroner.

  • There is likely going to be an increased amount of applications on the higher educations this summer due to the corona-crisis, which will lead to more rejections. The Association for Danish High School Students (Danske Gymnasieelevers Sammenslutning) want more people taken in on the educations: “We should look at whether some of the educations have been shaped a bit too hard, and whether this can be eased a bit. With an increase in applications, there will also be a higher pressure on the grade average requirements on some educations,” says the President of the organization, Martin Mejlgaard. The Minister of Education, Ane Halsboe-Jørgensen, is not intending to increase the number of spots available since there is an expectation that more than 400 educations will have available spots. She wants young people to apply more broadly – both in terms of choice of education and geography.

  • An expert group will advise the government about the reopening of Denmark. The three experts in the group must have their recommendations ready by the 6th of May, which will be used in the political negotiations regarding the reopening of Denmark. The group is composed of Professor Torben M. Andersen (President), Professor Michael Svarer and Professor Philipp Schröder, all three highly regarded economists at Aarhus University.

  • 1.300 companies have applied for the compensation scheme for fixed expenditures so far. In comparison have more than 31.000 companies applied for the salary compensation scheme. Danish Industry (Dansk Industri) has an explanation for this huge difference: “Fewer have applied because the scheme has gotten out later than the salary compensation scheme. Furthermore, there have been some revisions on the way, which many companies have been awaiting further news on,” says the director Kent Damsgaard. Far more companies are expected to apply for the scheme in the coming weeks.

  • Despite the good weather throughout the country, the Danes have been good at keeping social distance during the Sunday. The police in Copenhagen, Southern Jutland and Northern Zealand have reported that people are respecting the guidelines.

HEALTH-RELATED INFORMATION

  • 9.523 have tested positive, 116 more than yesterday (Expect large dark numbers since we haven't been testing everyone with symptoms from the start, ed.).

  • 243 are hospitalized, 11 more than yesterday.

  • Of those 243, 62 are in intensive care, 2 more than yesterday.

  • Of those 62, 46 are in respirators, 2 more than yesterday.

  • 484 Corona-infected residents in Denmark have died, 9 more than yesterday.

  • 233.799 have been tested for corona-virus (+11.887), with 9.523 positives (4.07 % positives), a drop of 0.17 % from yesterday (We are testing more, so we are also finding more non-infected, ed.)

  • 6.987 are reported as healthy again, after having been hospitalized with corona-virus, 98 more than yesterday.

OTHER NEWS

  • The buyer of the Danish National Vaccine-factory, Sheik Abdulaziz Hamad Aljomaih, has applied and received salary compensation for his employees, despite having said that they are working at full speed on developing a vaccine against corona. The compensation received is 3.355.920 kroner.

  • The car sale has been heavily influenced by the corona-crisis. 37 % fewer cars were registered in April 2020 than in April 2019, and the last time we have experienced a month with fewer registered cars was in 2010, according to Danish Industry.



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