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Summary, 07.04.2020 - Guidelines for children, parents and teachers available now.

No press conferences today, but instead some guidelines for how children, parents and the staff at daycares, kindergarten, and schools should handle the possible reopening after Easter. I have translated some of these guidelines. If asked to do so, I can make a special post with a translation of all the various guidelines (there's many!) Other than that, there are the usual news and developments in terms of health, economy, culture, etc.

TODAY'S BULLETS

  1. Schools, daycares and kindergarten must take various precautions into use, when reopening after Easter. This includes more space between the children, teaching proper hand-wash, and potentially do the care or teaching at different times of the day. Children and staff should not come to school or work if sick, but can come if healthy, even if someone in the household is in a risk group, or infected - they must then isolate themselves in the home.

  2. The Danish Institute for Serum estimates that the real amount of infected in Denmark can be somewhere between 30 to 80 times higher, than the current number.

  3. Inmates in the Danish prisons will participate in the production of visors, which will be distributed to the healthcare system.

  4. The Danish Institute for Serum estimates that the infection rate (the r0-value) will increase from 1 to 1.23 with the implementation of the first phase of the reopening of Denmark. This will lead to a higher amount of hospitalized and patients in intensive care.

Foto: Søren Bidstrup / Ritzau Scanpix


THE GUIDELINES FOR THE REOPENING OF SCHOOLS AND DAYCARES AFTER EASTER


The following educational institutions and classes will open up after Easter if it is deemed health-professionally responsible to do so by the municipalities and authorities together with the institutions:

  • Daycares, obligatory offers (obligatoriske tilbud), and care schemes (pasningsordninger).

  • Elementary school: 0.-5th grade.

  • Afterschool-care (SFO/fritidshjem), afterschool-clubs (fritidsklubber): 0.-5th grade.

  • Special schemes (specialordninger), special classes, and full-time juvenile schools teaching offers (ungdomsskolens heltidsundervisning): all grades.

  • High school: 3.g and 2.hf-classes as well as ASF-classes (Autism-spectrum-disorders).

  • Business-educations: Mercantile EUX-students, who finishes the study-granting year this summer, and the technical EUX-students on the last year of their education regarding the academical classes.

  • AMU-certificate-courses: For unemployed, who needs a specific AMU-course in order to start a specific job, teaching will be available.

GUIDELINES (the entire publication can be found here (Danish))


SCHOOLS (0.-5th grade)

  • There will be no limit on the number of people, who can be present at the schools.

  • Instructions will be made for hygiene and behaviour - the children among other things are taught proper hand wash.

  • Tables and chairs must have a distance of two meters to each other, so the students don't sit too close in the classrooms. This may lead to changes in the daily structure - some classes may be split into smaller groups, and other classes may need to do the teaching at different times of the day, to avoid that all the children are present at the same time.

  • The parents must pick up their children at the entrance to the school to the extent possible.

  • It is recommended that play-dates after school is kept to a minimum, and with as few children as possible.

  • Two daily cleanings of surfaces and toys will be conducted.

  • Playtime breaks will be held in shifts.

  • Children and staff should not come to school or work if sick, but can come if healthy, even if someone in the household is in a risk group, or infected - they must then isolate themselves in the home.


DAYCARE AND KINDERGARTEN

  • There will be no limit on the number of people, who can be present in the daycares.

  • The children must be around the same group of children and adults to the extent possible, to keep the infection spread low.

  • There must be a distance between the children when sitting at tables.

  • A floor space of a minimum of six square meters per child in nurseries, and four square meters per child in kindergarten, are recommended. Twice the amount of square meters as normal.

  • The children may have to be split up into smaller groups, or be in the institutions at different times, in order to fulfil the space requirements.

  • The parents must deliver their children outside, to the extent possible.

  • Toys may not be brought from home.

  • It is recommended that play-dates outside daycares and kindergarten is kept to a minimum, and with aa few children as possible.

  • Children and staff should not come to school or work if sick, but can come if healthy, even if someone in the household is in a risk group, or infected - they must then isolate themselves in the home.

OTHER HEALTH-RELATED INFORMATION

  • 5.071 have tested positive, 390 more than yesterday.

  • 472 are hospitalized, 31 less than yesterday.

  • Of those 472, 127 are in intensive care, 12 less than yesterday.

  • Of those 127, 103 are in respirators, 5 less than yesterday.

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

  • 1.491 have been released after having been hospitalized with the virus, and are now reported as "healthy".

  • 52.666 have been tested for corona-virus, with 5.071 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!)

  • The Danish Health Authority will increase its focus on finding and breaking infection chains through more testing, finding the people an infected person has been in touch with, as well as ensuring proper self-isolation if one is infected with corona-virus.

  • The Danish Institute for Serum estimates that the real amount of infected in Denmark can be somewhere between 30 to 80 times higher, than the current number. This is written in a new status report from the Danish Health Authority.

  • The Danish Institute for Serum estimates that the infection rate (the r0-value) will increase from 1 to 1.23 with the implementation of the first phase of the reopening of Denmark. It is estimated that this will lead to an increased amount of hospitalized (649) and patients in intensive care (264) and that the peak load will begin around the middle of May. If the Danes do not keep a social distance to each other, the infection rate can increase to 1.72, which will lead to 767 in intensive care and 1.893 hospitalized in total.

OTHER NEWS

  • Her Majesty the Queen and the rest of the royal family have cancelled all their activities regarding the 100th-year jubilee for the Reunion of Denmark and Southern Jutland in July. Instead, the cancelled visit will be done on the 15th of June 2021. Furthermore, the Queen's summer cruise around the kingdom with the royal ship Dannebrog, which was planned to sail to Anholt on the 3rd of June and Aarhus Municipality on the 5th-6th of June, is cancelled. Both municipalities are already planning with the Queen to do the visits in the early summer of 2021 instead.

  • A majority in the Parliament has agreed to a scheme for artists with both A- and B-income, to a total amount of 100 million kroner. The scheme is designed to help artists and the art itself, which is hardly hit by the corona-crisis. This is a part-agreement, and the negotiations will therefore continue.

  • Danish sports associations will now receive economical support. The government and a majority in the Parliament have agreed to a help-package of 50 million kroner.

  • Independent institutions, associations, funds, etc. in the cultural sector, who receive more than 50 % in public subsidies, can now also apply for the various support packages regarding salary compensation and compensation of fixed expenditures. This was not possible before. State institutions will not be part of this new agreement made by a majority in the Parliament. The estimated cost of this new agreement is 140 million kroner.

  • Inmates in the Danish prisons will participate in the production of visors, which will be distributed to the healthcare system. Last week a private company contacted the Probation Service (Kriminalforsorgen), and explained they had made an agreement with the Danish Regions about producing protective equipment, but were short on manpower.

  • There will be no sports events with an audience in Denmark before the earliest September, as a consequence of the government's ban on large public gatherings, which was extended until the end of August. This was announced by the Director of the Sports Confederation of Denmark (Dansk Idrætsforbund), Morten Mølholm. The exact definition of a "large public gathering" hasn't been announced yet, but it will likely be around 500-1000 as a limit and will mean that e.g. all matches in the Danish Super League won't be able to take place with an audience.

  • The Royal Theater in Copenhagen cancels all shows until the 31st of July.

  • The 2019/2020-season in Danish handball has been shut down after the government's announcement last night. As a consequence, it's the current standings in the leagues that decide the championship, relegation, and promotion.

  • The Association of Leagues in Denmark estimates, that Danish football in the three top-tiers can begin the 2019/2020 season again in May. They operate with three different scenarios, with a beginning either the 17th, 24th or 31st of May. In all three scenarios, there will be no spectators, and the season will finish in July. The 2020/2021 season will then begin with spectators at the beginning of September.

  • Given the ban on larger public gatherings until the end of August, Copenhell and Skanderborg Festival have officially cancelled this year.

  • Tivoli, Bakken, and Legoland have postponed their opening dates to after the 10th of May.




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