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Summary, 09.05.2020 - The government makes it illegal to reopen, if not officially part of phase 2

TODAY'S BULLETS

  1. The government is implementing an actual ban on opening up for activities that haven’t been included in phase 2 of the reopening, says the Minister of Justice to Ritzau. The ban will enter into effect now on Monday.

  2. Can I enter Denmark? This question is on the minds of many ex-pats and Danes abroad, therefore the police have set up a hotline at +45 70 20 60 44. The hotline is open weekdays from 8:00 to 16:00 and weekends/holidays from 9:00 to 14:00.

  3. Summer holidays will remain in the air as the current travel guidance has been extended through May, advising against all non-necessary travels to all countries of the world.

  4. Doctors in Denmark and globally have come to believe that covid-19 may not be an upper respiratory virus but rather circulatory.

  5. Long wait times for answers. This is a common theme for those tested for covid-19. The Danish Bioanalytical laboratories are under immense pressure to monitor the number of corona tests but worry that some will become infected while waiting for answers.

Foto: Ida Guldbæk Arentsen © Scanpix

POLITICS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • The government is implementing an actual ban on opening up for activities that haven’t been included in phase 2 of the reopening, says the Minister of Justice to Ritzau. The ban will enter into effect now on Monday: “the choices that was agreed upon in the agreement Thursday weren’t made for fun, and it also means, that those who do not follow the rules will be punished for it – in the same way as everybody else, who do not obey the laws of this country,” he says. The zoo in Copenhagen, as well as the Aros-museum in Aarhus, have expressed ideas about reopening, even though they aren’t part of the second phase.

  • Can I enter Denmark? This question is on the minds of many ex-pats and Danes abroad, therefore the police have set up a hotline at +45 70 20 60 44. The hotline is open weekdays from 8:00 to 16:00 and weekends/holidays from 9:00 to 14:00. For questions regarding leaving Denmark to travel abroad, contact the Foreign Ministry’s Global Security Centre at bbb@um.dk or by calling +45 33 92 11 12. The hotline is open 24 hours a day.

  • Summer holidays will remain in the air as the current travel guidance has been extended through May, advising against all non-necessary travels to all countries of the world. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jeppe Kofod, is resentful of the situation: "I know that there are a lot of Danes who are worried about their summer holiday plans. Unfortunately, we are not there yet (in a situation where we can remove the guidance on travels, ed.)

  • Centres, department stores, arcades and pubs up to 1,999 m2 must ensure that there are at least four m2 of floor space per person. For those between 2,000 and 4,999 m2, eight m2 are required per person. For centres over 5,000 m2, 20 m2 per person are required. In addition to this, 2 meters should be maintained between customers and staff, self-service is encouraged, and contact surfaces must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Common areas such as playground and lounge areas will remain closed.

  • The Faroe Islands no longer have any active cases of coronavirus, confirmed by the Faroese government on corona.fo. According to the latest figures, updated on Saturday morning, the Faroe Islands have registered a total of 187 cases, with no new added cases in the last two weeks.

  • As the country opens up, and the weather improves, East Jutland (Østjylland) police have warned on Twitter that there may be a heavier police presence.

  • 14 people, aged 20-32, have been charged with violating the Danish assembly ban while gathered around a campfire in Hørve, Zealand. In addition to this, three pizzerias in Halvsø, Solrød Strand and Holbæk have been charged as customers were seated in the pizzerias’ outdoor seeing area.

HEALTH-RELATED INFORMATION

  • 10.319 have tested positive, 236 more than the day before yesterday (Expect large dark numbers since we haven't been testing everyone with symptoms from the start, ed.).

  • 194 are hospitalized, 5 less than the day before yesterday.

  • Of those 194, 39 are in intensive care, 4 less than the day before yesterday.

  • Of those 39, 32 are in respirators, 7 less than the day before yesterday.

  • 526 Corona-infected residents in Denmark have died, 12 more than the day before yesterday.

  • 308.984 have been tested for corona-virus (+24.504), with 10.319 positives (3.34 % positives), a drop of 0.20 %-point from the day before yesterday (We are testing more, so we are getting closer to the real percentage of infected people in the society)

  • 8.093 are reported as healthy again, after having been hospitalized with corona-virus, 382 more than the day before yesterday.

  • Doctors in Denmark and globally have come to believe that covid-19 may not be an upper respiratory virus but rather circulatory. Health Policy Journal, among others, has reported that an alarming number of patients suffer blood clots, leading them to theorize that covid-19 may instead be a circulatory virus.

  • Long wait times for answers. This is a common issue for those tested for covid-19. The Danish Bioanalytical laboratories are under immense pressure to monitor the number of corona tests but worry that some will become infected while waiting for answers.

  • While guidelines still require employees in elderly care to sport masks or visors, FOA has found that many of its members are unable to comply. 56% of FOA’s social and healthcare members have reportedly been in close contact without personal protective equipment (PPE) in the past week, including those infected with covid-19.

  • The new guidelines for work require many to maintain a safe distance or to use PPE, however those administrating drivers’ tests are not allowed to wear protective gear. The National Police are in close contact with police officers in charge of drivers tests but say that at this point, they do not foresee a change.

OTHER NEWS

  • According to figures from the Ministry of Employment, those who are now unemployed due to the corona crisis have had fewer jobs to choose from over the five previous years. From March 9th to May 8th this year, 32,452 new positions have been posted, compared to 43,242 during the same period last year.

  • It was envisaged that all football clubs would release children, young people and older members on the courts following the government's latest plan to reopen the community. But many clubs cannot. The football clubs of football have been given a lack of space on their courses due to square corona rules and the ban of ten people. The Danish Ballgame Union (DBU) has drawn up the current corona rules on the instructions of the authorities:

- There must be a maximum of ten people on an 11-man track measuring 105 by 68 meters.

- And there must also be only ten people on a small 5-man course measuring 40 by 30 meters.

  • In addition to outdoor sports, handball leagued, women's football league, ice hockey, and badminton may resume.

  • Venues are struggling financially with disappointing prospects due to closures through August, threatening bankruptcy.

  • Finally, some good news, outside of Randers a brother and sister pair managed to raise 115,000 DKK for covid-19 research. Line Brandt Pedersen, European Champion in triathlon, swam, cycled, and ran along Denmark's longest river, Gudenå. Her younger brother, Mads, travelled all 70 kilometres by kayak, arriving 12 minutes after his older sister.



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