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Summary, 10.04.2020 - Minister: Coronavirus-vaccine must be made through international cooperation

Updated: Apr 12

Today was actually for once a calm day from a Danish perspective. So the summary is also going to be relatively short for once.

TODAY'S BULLETS


  1. Minister for Education and Research Ane Halsboe-Jørgensen (S) believes that a vaccine against corona-virus can best be developed through international cooperation. This answer comes after several of the government's support-parties have criticised that Denmark is not focussing on developing and producing a vaccine.

  2. The numbers of hospitalised, in intensive care and respirators are still descending, and the numbers of deaths are only increasing slowly for now.

  3. The Danish Health Authorities now consider the risk of symptom-free infection spread as "significant", instead of "unconfirmed" or "very little".

  4. The cases of burglaries are dropping significantly, but on the other hand, children experience more domestic violence and abuse at home.

  5. The EU-countries' state leaders will have a video-meeting on the 24th of April, where they will likely discuss, and maybe finalise, the help-package which the countries' Ministers for Finance agreed upon yesterday.


HEALTH-RELATED INFORMATION


  • 5.819 have tested positive, 184 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).

  • 401 are hospitalized, 32 less than yesterday.

  • Of those 401, 113 are in intensive care, 7 less than yesterday.

  • Of those 113, 95 are in respirators, 5 less than yesterday.

  • 247 Corona-infected Danes have died, 10 more than yesterday.

  • 64.731 have been tested for corona-virus, with 5.819 positives.

  • 1.773 are reported as healthy again, after having been hospitalized with corona-virus, an increase of 37 from yesterday.

  • Minister for Education and Research Ane Halsboe-Jørgensen (S) believes that a vaccine against corona-virus can best be developed through international cooperation. This answer comes after the government's support-parties Radikale Venstre and Enhedslisten, as well as several scientists and experts, have criticised that Denmark is not focussing on developing and producing a vaccine. "I believe, that international cooperation is the way forward to finding a vaccine. Amongst other things because a vaccine is a huge economical and coordinative difficult task. Just like several other European countries, we have decided to support an international track, and I believe that is quite wise. We are doing it in the EU, so the best heads in Europe are sitting down and working together, sharing their knowledge, so we quickly can get the best results to the benefit of us all." On EU-level 2 billion kroner has been specifically marked to do research in the corona-virus, including research on a vaccine. On the national level, we have marked 150 million kroner to corona-research. The criticism has been, that we become dependant on foreign research if we don't focus on developing and producing a vaccine in Denmark.

  • The government has marked a three-digit million kroner sum to the cleaning of children-care institutions, schools and nursing homes.

  • The Danish Health Authority has changed its official guidelines regarding whether infected showing no symptoms of corona-virus can infect others. This change means, that the Danish Health Authority will no longer speak of the risk for symptom-free infection spread as "unconfirmed" or "very little", but instead as "significant".

OTHER NEWS


  • The insurance-company Codan reports a 65 % drop in reported burglaries compared to last year's average. This is an expected consequence of more Danes staying at home.

  • The Danish Red Cross Youth is currently experiencing a 15 % increase in approaches from children related to violence and abuse in the home. This is due to far more people staying at home. Normally these approaches make out 6-7 % of all approaches to The Danish Red Cross Youth, but currently, it makes out 20 %.

  • The President of the European Council Charles Michel informs on Twitter that the EU countries' state leaders will be called to a video-meeting about the corona-crisis on the 23rd of April. Here they will likely discuss, and maybe finalise, the help-package which the EU countries' Ministers for Finance agreed to yesterday.

  • In a recent poll made by Voxmeter 29.5 %, or 3 out of 10, answered, that they have the feeling of having more quality time with the rest of their household. A month ago that number was 21.1 %, or 2 out of 10. Children- and family-researcher Per Schultz Jørgensen, professor emeritus and previous chairman for the National Council for Children, believe that it is likely due to that the current situation makes people feel closer with each other, and that they have to support each other through this difficult time. On the other hand, 5 % answers that they feel like they have less quality time, where the same number one month ago was 3.4 %. The respondents have also been asked whether they have cancelled or avoided ordering a holiday or trip. 55.6 % said yes, a month ago that number was 25.1 %. The survey was based on 1044 representatively chosen people.




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