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Summary, 07.05.2020 - Large parts of Denmark will reopen now, Monday and next Monday

TODAY'S BULLETS

  1. All the party leaders agreed today to what should be included in the second phase of the reopening of Denmark.

  2. Included are professional sport, shopping centres, restaurants and cafés with changed opening hours and precautious measures, 6th-10th grade in schools, efterskoler as well as churches and other faith communities.

  3. Fitness centres, museums, theatres and cinemas as well as amusement parks cannot reopen yet. The borders will not reopen yet either, but the government must announce when this will happen no later than the 1st of June.

  4. The prohibition on gathering more than 10 in public space is still in effect, and will likely stay that way for the remainder of the second phase.

  5. Immigrants from non-western countries are more infected than ethnical Danes according to a report from the SST. 18 % of the infected in Denmark are non-western immigrants or descends, but they "only" make out 9 % of the population.

  6. Thousands of randomly selected Danes have received a message in their E-boks from the State Serum Institute (SST), where they are invited to be tested for coronavirus, even if they aren't showing symptoms.

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen during the press conference / Screenshot from dr.dk

THE CONTENT OF THE SECOND PHASE OF THE REOPENING OF DENMARK


Can open immediately:

  • More people in the private sector can come to work

  • Professional sport – without spectators – including the best and second-best leagues in football

  • Sport- and association-activities – outdoors, in smaller groups, and without contact (e.g. amateur football cannot begin yet)

  • Zoos where the guests are in cars (were already allowed to be open)

  • Critical public jobs will “be adjusted over time” and reopened – including the Danish Defence, the police, the social care-area, as well as various public inspections

Can open from the 11th of May:

  • Retail businesses

  • Shopping centres/malls

Can open from the 18th of May:

  • 6th-10th grade – the municipalities and the schools will be given “local flexibility” to organize this. It also includes various offers in youth clubs.

  • Efterskoler – further guidelines will be decided upon in dialogue with the health authorities, including how to isolate infected.

  • Restaurants and cafés – further guidelines about opening hours, number of guests and physical distance will come out

  • Bodegas – with limited opening hours

  • Teaching and exams with a demand for physical appearance

  • The business educations STU, EUD and FGU

  • Libraries (only borrowing and returning)

  • The Church in Denmark and other faith communities

Unresolved:

  • The Danish borders – the government will announce further information no later than the 1st of June.

Cannot open yet:

  • Night clubs

  • Fitness centres

  • Museums

  • Theatres and cinemas

  • Amusement parks

  • Botanical gardens

  • Folk high schools

  • Higher educational institutions


Further details

  • All the party leaders agreed today to what should be included in the second phase of the reopening of Denmark.

  • The reopening is built upon five elements:


  1. An offensive testing strategy with testing in both the healthcare sector and in society, tracking infection as well as isolating the infected. Representative testing of the population will be done in fixed intervals and on the basis of a clear plan.

  2. The use of protective equipment to, inter alia, protect vulnerable groups.

  3. The guidelines from the health authorities regarding physical distance.

  4. The guidelines from the health authorities regarding proper hygiene.

  5. Superinfection spread must be avoided.


  • The party leaders will now continue the negotiations on what to include in the next phases. Exactly how many phases there will be was not made clear by the Prime Minister, but she was, for now, calculating with at least two more - one phase during the summer, and one afterwards.

  • A requirement for these next steps is that we continue to keep social distance and follow the guidelines from the health authorities.

  • The Prime Minister encouraged the Danes to continue to be solidary with those, who will have to continue to take strict precautions, while many of us will get a more normal everyday life.

  • The prohibition on gathering more than 10 in public space is still in effect, and will likely stay that way for the remainder of the second phase.

  • The guidelines on keeping two meters of distance will still stay in place for now. It is the health authorities who decide these guidelines, and they weren't part of the negotiations.

  • We don't know the full effect of the first phase, and the politicians will look closely at the numbers for the next week and the week after that.

  • "We must expect more infected, as we gradually reopen society. The crucial aspect will be to shield off those who must not become infected. That's why we have to continue keeping social distance," said the Prime Minister.

OTHER POLITICS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • The compensation schemes to the Danish businesses are only temporary. This was made clear by the Prime Minister today, who also admitted that handling and managing those compensation schemes was a difficult challenge.

  • Denmark is sending 44 containers with health- and sanitation equipment to Greece, in order to support refugee camps who have been hit by corona. This was informed by the Ministry of Defence.

  • All the party leaders in the Parliament will be debating the reopening of Denmark and all its aspects on a live transmission on DR1, TV2 and TV2 News the 14th of May at 19:30 to 21:00. The debate will have the headline: "How do we get Denmark back?"

HEALTH-RELATED INFORMATION

  • 10.083 have tested positive, 145 more than yesterday (Expect large dark numbers since we haven't been testing everyone with symptoms from the start, ed.).

  • 199 are hospitalized, 10 less than yesterday.

  • Of those 199, 43 are in intensive care, 3 less than yesterday.

  • Of those 43, 39 are in respirators, 2 less than yesterday.

  • 514 Corona-infected residents in Denmark have died, 8 more than yesterday.

  • 284.480 have been tested for corona-virus (+13.800), with 10.083 positives (3.54 % positives), a drop of 0.13 %-point from yesterday (We are testing more, so we are getting closer to the real percentage of infected people in the society)

  • 7.711 are reported as healthy again, after having been hospitalized with corona-virus, 218 more than yesterday.

  • Immigrants from non-western countries are more infected than ethnical Danes according to a report from the SST. 18 % of the infected in Denmark are non-western immigrants or descends, but they "only" make out 9 % of the population. 78 % of the infected are ethnical Danes, which make out 86 % of the population. The remaining 4 % of the infected are western immigrants, which make out 5 % of the population.

  • Thousands of randomly selected Danes have received a message in their E-boks from the State Serum Institute (SST), where they are invited to be tested for coronavirus, even if they aren't showing symptoms. It is part of the new strategy, where random testing is part of mapping the Danish population in greater detail.

  • However, hackers and fraudsters are attempting to exploit this, by pretending to be from the Danish Health Authority, sending SMSes and emails that look like they come from official authorities, including the same phone number they use. They will ask for copies of one's NemID. Please don't fall into the trap - public authorities in Denmark will NEVER ask for your NemID - neither us in the Danish Business Authority, where we have also heard of attempts of fraud in a similar fashion with the compensation schemes!

  • The government and the health authorities are preparing for that the coronavirus might blow up again later in a second wave. Work is being done to ensure protective equipment and tests, as well as on ensuring an increased self-supply in Europe, said the Prime Minister today.

  • The Prime Minister warns us about focusing too much on the infection pressure as the only variable to consider. The number of hospitalisations and people in intensive care will also be looked at and evaluated. The behaviour of the Danes will also be monitored, and antibody-tests will be used when they get better.

  • According to SST, it can take three to four weeks until the effect can be seen in the numbers. This is because it is possible for young people to get infected without experiencing symptoms and without being admitted to the hospital to a very large extent. Hence, you will only see changes to the numbers once the infection has reached the older generations, who are more likely to have symptoms and being admitted to hospital. It is not yet known if this will be the case as a result of the first phase of the reopening.

  • We should wait one more week reopening further, according to Allan Randrup Thomsen. The closing of Denmark has had major consequences for business and the economy in recent months. In the opinion of professor and virologist at the University of Copenhagen, Allan Randrup Thomsen, this is currently pushing politicians to reopen larger sections of society. He is nervous that health concerns are being ignored as a result. Ideally, we should wait a week before making decisions on phase two. Then you would be more certain about the effects of the first phase, and while things are likely to go well, we really don't know what the number of hospital admissions will look like in a week from now, he says.



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