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Summary, 04.06.2020 - Facial masks will be mandatory in Danish airports from the 15th of June.

TODAY'S BULLETS

  1. From the 15th of June must all passengers in Denmark wear facial masks from the moment they enter the airport, during the flight, and till they leave the terminal at the destination. If the passengers aren’t wearing facial masks they won’t be allowed on board the plane. But a fine won’t be issued though.

  2. The government is willing to look at how the border area between Germany and Denmark can be reopened from the 15th of June, says the Minister of Justice, Nick Hækkerup (S). “We are looking at how we can reopen the border area (…) completely, so the citizens from there won’t have to document a worthy purpose. Then you will be able to live life like before at both sides of the border,” he said in the Parliament. The challenge they are facing now is finding out where the physical border must be placed for which Germans can be entering Denmark freely.

  3. The prestigious medical magazine The Lancet is withdrawing the published study about the effect of hydroxychloroquine. The study attested that the drug can increase mortality among covid-19 patients, which then got the WHO to suspend all trials with the drug, including a trial at Hvidovre Hospital in Denmark.

  4. The Minister of Health, Magnus Heunicke (S) has withdrawn a controversial bill which was supposed to give the authorities access to secret phone numbers from the 118-register, in order to track corona-infected and their contracts.

  5. The police can now give you a fine if you have tested positive for coronavirus and won’t inform where you have been and who you have been in contact with.

Passenger wearing a facial mask in Copenhagen Airport / Photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix

POLITICS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • From the 15th of June must all passengers in Denmark wear facial masks from the moment they enter the airport, during the flight, and till they leave the terminal at the destination. These guidelines follow the recommendations from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). If the passengers aren’t wearing facial masks they won’t be allowed on board the plane. But a fine won’t be issued though. The guidelines also mean that it will only be passengers and airport staff that will be allowed access to the terminals. It will be possible to buy facial masks in machines at the airport.

  • The government is willing to look at how the border area between Germany and Denmark can be reopened from the 15th of June, says the Minister of Justice, Nick Hækkerup (S). “We are looking at how we can reopen the border area (…) completely, so the citizens from there won’t have to document a worthy purpose. Then you will be able to live life like before at both sides of the border,” he said in the Parliament. The challenge they are facing now is finding out where the physical border must be placed for which Germans can be entering Denmark freely.

  • The Minister of Health, Magnus Heunicke (S) has withdrawn a controversial bill proposal after heavy pressure from a majority in the Parliament. The proposal was supposed to give the authorities access to secret phone numbers from the 118-register, in order to track corona-infected and their contracts. The proposal will now be pushed to a later point.

  • The police can now give you a fine if you have tested positive for coronavirus and won’t inform where you have been and who you have been in contact with. This is clear in an announcement on the duties of information in connection to the handling coronavirus from the 30th of May. From the wording, there’s no doubt that it can cost you a fine, if you are tested positive, and won’t cooperate with the authorities.

  • A 32-year-old man has been put into custody for four weeks under suspicion of having committed fraud with the salary compensation scheme. The accusation is that he has received salary compensation for employees that weren’t hired at his company in Greve: “He has applied for almost 220.000 kroner in salary compensation for employees he didn’t have. He has gotten the money paid out, but we have seized the money, so he hasn’t had the pleasure of using them yet,” says the prosecutor Anja Lund Liin. The 32 year old man is leading not guilty. “He admitted of having applied for salary compensation, but claimed that the application was made with a mistake, (…) he had difficulties explaining what the company does. But it is allegedly something with selling natural products,” says Anja Lund Liin. The man hasn’t appealed the decision of custody.

  • The ban on stopping at Nordhavn in Copenhagen won’t be extended after it expired at 18 Thursday.

HEALTH-RELATED INFORMATION

  • 11.811 have tested positive, 40 more than yesterday.

  • 97 are hospitalised with corona-virus, 3 less than yesterday.

  • Of those 97 are 17 in intensive care, 3 less than yesterday.

  • Of those 17 are 8 in respirators, 2 less than yesterday.

  • 582 Corona-infected residents in Denmark have died, 2 more than yesterday.

  • 552.888 have been tested for corona-virus (+9.993) with 11.811 positives (2.14 % positives), a drop of 0.03 %-point from yesterday.

  • 10.620 are reported as healthy again, after having been diagnosed with coronavirus, 68 more than yesterday.

  • The prestigious medical magazine The Lancet is withdrawing the published study about the effect of hydroxychloroquine. The study attested that the drug can increase mortality among covid-19 patients, which then got the WHO to suspend all trials with the drug, including a trial at Hvidovre Hospital in Denmark. The accuracy of the data in the study cannot be guaranteed for, however, which has led the main author of the article, professor Mandeep Mehra, to ask The Lancet to withdraw the study.

  • Several doctors have reported the Ministry of Health to the police. The health authorities used the authorizations of the doctors to prepare test kits for 5.3 million citizens, but the doctors weren’t consulted or asked for permission.

  • Region Syddanmark is pushing forward their plans of building a new warehouse that must store protective equipment. The construction of the warehouse wasn’t supposed to begin before 2024-2025, but the coronavirus has led to an immediate need for larger storage capacity and to coordinate the supplies in the region. So far, the solution has been to procure external storage capacity in order to safely store the protective equipment. The warehouse will cost 50 million kroner and will be located at Nyt OUH, which is under construction.

OTHER INFORMATION

  • Tivoli will reopen Monday the 8th of June, but without the Friday evening concerts (Fredagsrock), theatre-shows or classical music in the concert hall. The ride Tik Tak will not be opened either, due to the guidelines from the authorities that state that the wildest rides have to be kept closed due to an increased risk of infection from the screaming and yelling from the visitors. “The garden, however, is more beautiful than ever, because it has been allowed to flourish wildly,” says the administrative director for Tivoli, Lars Liebst.

  • A new job centre will open in Copenhagen Airport. The reason is that Tårnby municipality is experiencing a lot of unemployed since Copenhagen Airport is located in the municipality. Furthermore, have around 1.000 companies in or around the airport also been hard hit. The new job centre is a cooperation between Tårnby municipality, Copenhagen Airport and SAS, in order to try and ensure jobs.

  • Falck is firing up towards 450 employees, of which 300 are in Denmark, due to the coronavirus. “We see that the demand for our services is returning, but at a new normal level lower than before the global pandemic and the setback in the economy. Furthermore has our fundamental business been shrinking due to a series of expiring contracts,” says the administrative director Jakob Riis. Falck has lost contracts regarding assistance help in Copenhagen Airport, transport of patients as well as road assistance and health services in the Nordic countries.



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