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Summary, 08.04.2020 - Children living with (corona)-sick relatives must still go to school

UPDATE: Today, 9th of April, the Minister for Children and Education has declared, that it is the family's own common practitioner who must estimate whether a child or staff-member should return to child-care institutions/school. This estimate should be based on the person's sickness history and the guidelines by the Danish Health Authorities and can include the person's own risk, or the risk of close family members in the household.


Today there was a shared press conference with several authorities, where the reopening of schools and child-care institutions were addressed.

TODAY'S BULLETS


  1. Children who live together with (corona)-sick family members must still go to child-care institutions or school if they are healthy themselves since the sick family member is expected to self-isolate. This is deemed health-professionally responsible.

  2. Healthy children can play with other healthy children. Sick children must stay at home. The same with sick employees.

  3. The compensation scheme for fixed expenditures has now opened for applications and can be found here: https://indberet.virk.dk/myndigheder/stat/ERST/omkostningskompensation.

  4. Results from 1.487 Danish blood donors tapped Monday shows a much lower mortality rate with corona-virus than the WHO's estimations. The WHO's estimated mortality rate is around 1-3 % (per cent), whereas the Danish numbers show a mortality rate of 1.6 ‰ (per mille).

  5. The government has launched a new digital platform, COVIDmeter, where the Danes can sign up to through www.sundhed.dk. All Danes are encouraged to sign up, and will weekly be asked to answer questions about their health.

Foto: Altinget.dk


PRESS CONFERENCE WITH SEVERAL PUBLIC AUTHORITIES

PRESENT

  • Minister for Children and Education - Pernille Rosenkrantz-Theil

  • Minister for Business - Simon Kollerup

  • Director for the Danish Health Authority - Søren Brostrøm

  • Chairman for Local Government Denmark (KL) - Jacob Bundsgaard


SUMMARY

  • With the guidelines present for the gradual reopening, there is no-one, who expects that we will return to normal conditions after Easter.

  • Not all schools and institutions can open on the same date. Some places will need more time, and will therefore maybe not open until the week after the 15th of April.

  • Schools and other child-care institutions will not be allowed to reopen the 15th of April if they are not ready to fulfil the guidelines of the health authorities.

  • The employees will be allowed to comfort and change diapers on the children, and the children will be allowed to play together and hug each other, but in smaller groups, than they are used to.

  • Healthy children can play with other healthy children. Sick children must stay at home. The same with sick employees.

  • Children who live together with (corona)-sick family members must still go to child-care institutions or school if they are healthy themselves since the sick family member is expected to self-isolate. This is deemed health-professionally responsible.

  • The guidelines from the Danish Health Authority must be followed. The Ministry for Education cannot give a clear yes or no answer for the moment to whether pupils and teachers with sick family members should come to school and child-care institutions. We acknowledge that there have been conflicting announcements from the Danish Health Authority and the Ministry of Education. We are paving the road as we go and should have made a less bombastic announcement on this issue than we did. We are looking at this issue, as well as many other underlying issues in the guidelines, but for now, the guidelines must be followed as written.

  • We know that children are children. The Danish Health Authority does not make guidelines and demands for children, but to the adults who are responsible for them. The children must be allowed to be children within the frames that the authorities put out, and which the adults are responsible to ensure and respect.

  • The gradual reopening of schools and child-care institutions is not an experiment - the citizens and the children are not guinea pigs. We cannot get the epidemic to go away completely, and we need to go through it in a way, so our healthcare system doesn't collapse. Therefore it makes sense with a gradual reopening of various sectors. We believe it is responsible to open up with schools and child-care institutions from a health-professional perspective.

  • The guidelines will be reevaluated in May.

  • The rule for potentially losing the right to children-money (børnepenge) if one's child has too many days of absence in school will be suspended when the schools reopen. This doesn't mean that absence won't be registered, but the consequence will be different. Furthermore, if there is suspicion of violence or alcohol abuse in the home, it can still have a very clear consequence if you keep your child home.

OTHER HEALTH-RELATED INFORMATION


  • 5.402 have tested positive, 331 more than yesterday. Since it is not everyone with symptoms of corona-virus who is being tested, the real amount of infected is estimated to be much higher.

  • 453 are hospitalized, 19 less than yesterday.

  • Of those 453, 127 are in intensive care, the same as yesterday.

  • Of those 127, 103 are in respirators, the same as yesterday.

  • 218 Corona-infected Danes have died, 15 more than yesterday.

  • 58.097 have been tested for corona-virus, with 5.402 tested positive.

  • 1.621 are reported as healthy again, after having been hospitalized with corona-virus.

  • Results from 1.487 Danish blood donors tapped Monday shows a much lower mortality rate with corona-virus than the WHO's estimations. The WHO's estimated mortality rate is around 1-3 % (per cent), whereas the Danish numbers shows a mortality rate of 1.6 ‰ (per mille). 22 out of the 1.487 tests turned out positive for antibodies. If scaled to the entire population in Denmark, it means that 127.000 people have been infected, according to Chief Physician and professor at Rigshospitalet Henrik Ullum.

  • The government has launched a new digital platform, COVIDmeter, where the Danes can sign up to through www.sundhed.dk. All Danes are encouraged to sign up, and will weekly be asked to answer questions about their health. "This will give the authorities an even better data-foundation upon which to estimate the spread of infection in the society and support the decisions of the gradual reopening of Denmark", says Minister for Health and the Elderly Magnus Heunicke.

  • The world's largest freight plane arrived this morning from China with, among other things, 500.000 facial masks and 170.000 protective suits. Another 24 shipments are expected. The airbridge has been arranged by Mærsk.

  • The Danish Regions announces today that the stock of facial masks of the type FFP2 and FFP3, as well as smocks, are running low. With the current consumption, the current stock of masks and smocks is expected to stretch another two to three weeks. As a result, the Danish Regions are constantly trying to purchase more protective equipment at the traditional suppliers, as well as attempting to make new deals with smaller and larger companies, says Chairman Stephanie Lose.

OTHER NEWS


  • Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen spoke to the Danish company-owners today on Facebook, where she explained why smaller companies couldn't be allowed to open just yet. "I know, that it is really difficult for you. Some are thinking: Why can children get in kindergarten, but the hairdresser cannot cut her clients? The brief answer is, that we cannot start everything at once. We have to do it more patiently than we want to. And the Gods must know, that there is nothing I would rather do, than open everything up now. Also out of consideration to the small business owner. But we risk damaging your company's economy even harder. I do hope though, that we can open up for some of you in the next phase, in May. But: Everything depends on our behaviour." The Prime Minister made it clear, that she has decided to start with the children, based on recommendations from the health authorities.

  • The compensation scheme for fixed expenditures has now opened for applications and can be found here: https://indberet.virk.dk/myndigheder/stat/ERST/omkostningskompensation. The scheme is effective in the period 9th of March till the 8th of June, and so far 40 billion kroner has been put aside for payments.

  • The WTO estimates that the global trade risks a severe drop of somewhere between 13 and 32 %, each being respectively the most optimistic and pessimistic scenario.

  • The EU Member States' Ministers for Finance weren't able to agree on an economical corona-crisis-package after having negotiated for 16 hours. The meeting will be resumed Thursday. Italy wants to maintain a proposal of the euro-countries printing 'corona-obligations' to a value of 500 billion euro, which the Netherlands apparently were against. The EU-countries outside of the euro-cooperation is expected to be part of a shared economical program for recovery. If unity arises between the Member States, the help-program would likely become the largest help-program ever in world history, according to Reuters.

  • The corona-crisis has lowered the sales prices of houses in the last two-three weeks with 2 %, which has to be compared to a drop of 0.5 % in March as a whole. The numbers come from Boligsiden, which gets direct reports from all professional real estate agencies in Denmark. This drop is due to fewer having put their houses on sale, and a lower amount of purchase-willing buyers, which affects the price-setting.

  • The corona-crisis has lead to a significant drop in the number of rented summerhouses. At the end of March 373.000 weeks had been rented for the remained of 2020, which is 54.000 weeks less than normal. The cause is a lot of cancellations and missing booking, particularly from Germans. The drop in bookings is corresponding to 1.6 million nights. The numbers are running until the 31st of March, so the numbers will likely change further when April is included.

  • The Danish Defence has moved forward payments to more than 1.000 Danish suppliers for 100 million kroner. The Ministry for Defence has around 13.000 suppliers, of whom 11.000 are Danish.

  • The canon-salutes, which normally takes place on the Queen's birthday the 16th of April with the canons at Kronborg Castle in Helsingør and with the Sixtus Battery at the Fortress in Copenhagen, has been cancelled due to the corona-restrictions.

  • A 70-year-old hairdresser around Sorø was caught in continuing her business in her home. The woman was given a fine of 10.000 kroner.

  • Distortion has officially cancelled for 2020.

  • The Danish Cycle Union has announced that there will be no bicycle races until the 31st of May.

POLITICS


  • Liberal Alliance encourages the government to reopen restaurants and cafées if there is a sufficient level of proper safety and hygiene, and a maximum limit of 50 guests per place. Hairdressers and other liberal professions should be able to open under similar conditions. The party believes that the government is taking too restrictive measures into use and that the country can be opened up more. The party also believes that the Danes are mature enough to take their precations in terms of hygiene and social distancing. "The shutdown of restaurants, cafées and hairdressers have sent home more than 100.000 Danes. They must have the opportunity to get a normal everyday life again - especially when it won't possess a large risk for the healthcare system according to the government's own calculations" - Party leader Alex Vanopslagh.

  • SF, Enhedslisten and Dansk Folkeparti demand that foreigners, who work in Denmark, must go into a 14-day quarantine before they go back to work in Denmark when having been abroad. Currently, foreigners working in Denmark can go directly out and work in Denmark without having to go into a corona-quarantine, when they have been crossing the border to visit family or been on vacation. The parties now demand that the government calls for negotiations as quickly as possible about such a new bill.




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