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Summary, 05.05.2020 - Denmark may suffer from a public deficit in 2020 of 197 billion kroner

TODAY'S BULLETS

  1. The Minister of Finance, Nicolai Wammen, is expecting a public deficit of up to 197 billion kroner for 2020 due to coronavirus.

  2. A majority outside of the government wants to give schools the opportunity to get the oldest pupils back in school as quickly as possible.

  3. The European Commission has approved the revised version of the Danish state aid to companies for fixed expenditures.

  4. A team of researchers have found an antibody that binds to coronavirus and blocks the access to our cells.

  5. In 2012 the Ministry of Health said that a pandemic plan could not cost the state extra money. As a consequence, the Danish stocks of protective equipment didn’t get filled up.

  6. The corona-outbreak has led to the Danes buying 10 % more meat, and 10 % less vegan products during March and April. According to consumer- and retail expert at Retail Institute Scandinavia, Dorte Wimmer, do the numbers suggest that many Danes are allowing themselves to be affected by their inner safety-needing caveman.

Minister of Finance Nicolai Wammen (S) Foto: Philip Davali / Ritzau Scanpix

POLITICS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • The Minister of Finance, Nicolai Wammen, is expecting a public deficit of up to 197 billion kroner for 2020, according to the new convergence programme for 2020 (annual report about the Danish economy to the EU). This deficit is due to the coronavirus, says the Ministry of Finance.

  • A majority outside of the government wants to give schools the opportunity to get the oldest pupils back in school as quickly as possible. The Minister of Children and Education, Pernille Rosenkrantz-Theil, won’t comment on the proposal while phase two of the reopening of Denmark is being negotiated.

  • The European Commission has approved the revised version of the Danish state aid to companies for fixed expenditures. The scheme has been revised so companies can get compensation if they have experienced a 35 % drop in revenue instead of 40 %, and the upper level for support has been raised from 60 to 110 million kroner. Most importantly, the scheme has been changed so it now takes into consideration whether “companies are structurally profitable”, i.e. looks at whether the company have previously had profitable annual reports, instead of just deducting some of the compensation companies would receive if they had a negative annual report in 2019.

  • DSB has to show up to a meeting with the Minister of Transport, Benny Engelbrecht as well as the Danish Railway Association (Dansk Jernbaneforbund) Wednesday. The reason is that DSB has ordered train conductors to not wear facial masks, since the staff needs to have a “uniform expression”, and that facial masks on some train conductors might worry the passengers. This has worried some train conductors, and the case will now be discussed.

  • The Prohibition Service reopens, to a limited extent, for visits to young inmates, as well as inmates with underage children, from the 18th of May.

  • 50.502 have reported themselves as unemployed since the 9th of March, where the corona-outbreak really hit Denmark.

  • 17 people in a poker club were charged yesterday (Monday) for violating the prohibition on gathering more than 10 people in public, informs Copenhagen Police.

HEALTH-RELATED INFORMATION

  • 9.821 have tested positive, 151 more than yesterday (Expect large dark numbers since we haven't been testing everyone with symptoms from the start, ed.).

  • 228 are hospitalized, 24 less than yesterday.

  • Of those 228, 49 are in intensive care, 8 less than yesterday.

  • Of those 49, 39 are in respirators, 6 less than yesterday.

  • 503 Corona-infected residents in Denmark have died, 10 more than yesterday.

  • 257.738 have been tested for corona-virus (+12.947), with 9.821 positives (3.81 % positives), a drop of 0.14 %-point from yesterday (We are testing more, so we are also finding much more non-infected, ed.)

  • 7.296 are reported as healthy again, after having been hospitalized with corona-virus, 208 more than yesterday.

  • A team of researchers have found an antibody that binds to coronavirus and blocks the access to our cells. Professor in infectious diseases at Rigshospitalet Jens Lundgren was very excited: “This is super hot, and a really good piece of news. The researchers have with this neutralizing antibody found an efficient way to prevent coronavirus from getting access to our cells. They have found a weak spot, an Achilles heel. With luck, this can become a new treatment for patients with covid-19,” he says.

  • In 2012 the Ministry of Health said that a pandemic plan could not cost the state extra money. As a consequence, the Danish stocks of protective equipment didn’t get filled up. Former director of the Danish Health Authority, Else Smith, tells this to DR. During the work on a new preparedness plan that should make the Danish healthcare system ready for a pandemic back in 2012, there were thoughts of establishing stocks of protective equipment. But when the final, and current, pandemic-plan came out in 2013 there was nothing written about building up a concrete stock of protective equipment, or how long the supplies had to last. According to her, the explanation was that the plan could not cost the state extra money. Neither the Ministry of Health nor the Minister of Health, Magnus Heunicke, have been able to comment on these claims today.

  • Dentists and dental workers can now refer their patients to be tested for corona ahead of treatments, even if the patients aren’t showing symptoms. Only those testing negative will then be able to get dental treatment. If one is tested positive, and still needs immediate treatment, you can be referred to either the hospital or the emergency dental service through 1813.

  • 1/5, or more than 2.000 people, have either been or are currently hospitalised with coronavirus in Denmark, which is a bit more than one-fifth of the 9.771 confirmed cases of infection, according to a new report from the State Serum Institute.

  • Around the world, 108 possible corona-vaccines are being investigated according to the WHO. 8 of these have already been approved for medical experiments. The first test on humans was done in the US on the 16th of March.

  • A woman infected with corona was allowed to visit her dying father at the Regional Hospital in Horsens on the weekend. She was followed to and from her father by guards, so she didn’t go wrong. She was wearing protective equipment and got her hands disinfected. The medical director at the hospital informs that you can have a natural need to be together with your critically sick or dying relatives in the last time they have available.

  • The State Serum Institute is investigating whether immigrants are hit harder by coronavirus in Denmark. So far has Director Kåre Mølbak just said that it “was something that was being considered.”

  • 105 reports of infection with covid-19, that are under suspicion of having been a result of one’s work, have already come in last week. More cases have been reported in the meantime, informs the Labour Market Insurance (Arbejdsmarkedets Erhvervssikring) to 3F. Being infected with covid-19 can be considered a work injury if it is caused by attending one’s job.

OTHER NEWS

  • Hackers are attempting to break into hospitals and scientific institutions trying to fight corona, according to the British and American Agency for Cyber Security. The hackers are having a national state behind them, they inform.

  • The corona-outbreak has led to the Danes buying 10 % more meat, and 10 % less vegan products during March and April. According to consumer- and retail expert at Retail Institute Scandinavia, Dorte Wimmer, do the numbers suggest that many Danes are allowing themselves to be affected by their inner safety-needing caveman: “In many ways have we crawled home to our cave, have become more introvert, and have gone back to the safe things that we know. It affects our consumption, among other things by that we are eating more meat and have less focus on eating healthy,” she says. Many kids do also prefer a meatier diet, which probably nudges the parents in that direction as well in a more chaotic time.

  • Jyske Bank has come out with a deficit of around 800 million kroner in Q1, and the bank sees itself forced to lower the expectations to the income during 2020.

  • The demand for windmills hasn’t been affected by the corona-outbreak, and as a result, Vestas has experienced an increasing turnaround.

  • Two female trick thieves robbed an elderly man living on Lille Strandvej in Hellerup of his cash Monday afternoon at 14:50. They told the resident that they were from the municipality and had to disinfect his home. Once the women were inside, they said that they also had to spray any cash that the man might have. He told them where the money was, where after they took them and left the place. If you were in the area and saw something, let me know.



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