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Summary, 05.04.2020 - PM: We are currently looking at a gradual, slow and calm reopening of Denmark



What seemed to be a calm and relaxing Sunday, suddenly turned very interesting, when the Prime Minister did an interview on 21 Søndag. Here she shared a few of her thoughts regarding the reopening of Denmark, which so many are hoping for ever since the press conference last Monday. It is likely that we will see a press conference with her this Monday (today). If that is the case, I will be doing a live-translation as usual. Stay tuned :)!

TODAY'S BULLETS


  1. It is absolutely likely that we are looking at a controlled, gradual, slow and calm opening of Denmark after Easter.

  2. If we start to not care, and e.g. go to an Easter lunch, the numbers might explode in our hands. The reopening will only happen if the Danes' behaviour supports it. We only do something, if it is defendable from a health-professional perspective, based on a clear recommendation from the health authorities.

  3. The normal life we had before the corona-virus will not return within a foreseeable future.

  4. The government has still not yet decided whether there will be an announcement tomorrow about how Denmark will gradually reopen.

  5. Researchers at DTU will soon be ready with a test for corona, which can give an answer in 30 minutes.

Screenshot: DR - 21 Søndag

INTERVIEW WITH PRIME MINISTER METTE FREDERIKSEN ON '21 SØNDAG'


SUMMARY

(The Prime Minister's points summed up)

  • It is absolutely likely that we are looking at a controlled, gradual, slow and calm opening of Denmark after Easter.

  • If we start to not care, and e.g. go to an Easter lunch, the numbers might explode between our hands. The reopening will only happen if the Danes' behaviour supports it. We only do something, if it is defendable from a health-professional perspective, based on a clear recommendation from the health authorities.

"I don't think that the normal life we had before the corona-virus hit us, will return within a foreseeable future. What most are doing with keeping a distance, better hygiene, going to work in a different way, will continue for a long, long time I think. My best bet, as things are today, is that we will work more shifted than we are used to. I don't think in the short-term that children can return to school, and that all young can start an education at the moment. We will not be standing close together in the trains and busses. And we will not be standing close together having parties for a long time. The world has changed. Our everyday life will be different." Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen on 21 Søndag, 05.04.2020.
  • Everything that was important last year, is also important today. But we have to first and foremost be able to get through the crisis. The world has changed, but we must not cancel the importance of solving the climate crisis. We need to establish an economic development that means we can solve some of the problems we have with e.g. the climate.

  • Much indicates that until there is a vaccine or a very effective treatment, we will have to handle corona in our society. Some of us will not avoid infection. We have to shield our elders and vulnerable and get the infection minimized as much as possible, without putting our society to a complete halt.

  • The government has still not yet decided whether there will be an announcement Monday about how Denmark will gradually reopen.

HEALTH-RELATED INFORMATION


  • 4.369 have tested positive, 292 more than yesterday.

  • 504 are hospitalized 3 less than yesterday.

  • Of those 504, 144 are in intensive care, 2 more than yesterday.

  • Of those 144, 107 are in respirators, 5 less than yesterday.

  • 179 Corona-infected Danes have died, 18 more than yesterday.

  • 1.327 have recovered after being infected with the virus.

  • 43.734 have been tested for the virus, here of 4.369 people have been tested positive (remember - people are only tested if suspicion is present - there are large dark numbers out there, so the percentage of infected in the entire population is likely much lower!)

  • 3.258 have been tested Sunday, less than 5.000 which is the official target. Danish Regions says, however, that it is likely due to a lower amount of referrals during the weekend.

  • Researchers at DTU is soon ready with a test for corona, which can give an answer in 30 minutes. According to professor Anders Wolff from DTU Bioengineering, they expect to be ready with 10.000 test kits per week within a very short time. This will help to fulfil the Danish health authorities' target of testing 15.000 people per day after Easter.

OTHER NEWS


  • The Ministry for Business puts another 7.25 billion kroner as a guarantee for loans to Danish export companies through Denmark's Export credit (Danmarks Eksportkredit). The total amount is now 8.5 billion kroner and means that also larger companies can receive support. The scheme means that the Danish state sets up a guarantee on 80 % of the banks' new loans to export companies, which is supposed to make it possible for the companies to borrow money during the crisis.

  • 42.178 people have reported themselves unemployed since the 9th of March, according to the Ministry for Employment.

  • An opinion-poll made by Epinion for DR and Altinget shows, that 79 % of the voters think that Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen is doing a good job as Prime Minister. That number was 39 % at the beginning of March, before the shutdown of Denmark.

  • An airplane from the Danish Defence landed this morning in Karup, Midtjylland. It has been transporting 7.5 tons of medical equipment to Mali. Furthermore, it has brought 28 European civilians back to Europe from Mali. The plane was scheduled to bring home Danish soldiers who had been stationed, and had some extra capacity, which was then offered through the Danish Ministry for Foreign Affairs to other European countries. The 7.5 tons of medical equipment was UNICEF-related equipment, originally supposed to be sent by ship, but the Danish Defence offered to help bring down the equipment to Mali quicker.

  • The Ministry for Foreign Affairs informs that 1.300 Danes are still stranded abroad. The majority are located in Pakistan and India. 3.800 Danes have been helped home over the last few weeks.

  • The police in Copenhagen, Vestegnen (Albertslund, Glostrup, Ishøj etc.) and Fyn praises the Danes for having respected the guidelines and injunctions on this sunny and beautiful Sunday.

  • Hornrock Music Festival has been cancelled. It was supposed to have been held 5.-7. June. The planners don't find it realistic to be able to hold a festival, with the news coming from Denmark and abroad.


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