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Summary, 10.05.2020 - New guidelines from the SST - we only have to keep 1 meter of distance now

TODAY'S BULLETS

  1. The Danes now only have to keep a 1-meter distance from each other, according to the new guidelines given by the Danish Health Authority (SST). This means that it facilitates schools to make room for their oldest pupils, and more workplaces can have more employees returning to work.

  2. The new changes in the Danish guidelines on distance can be explained by the SST having looked abroad at e.g. Norway, where a 1-meter distance has proven sufficient to prevent infection, says Søren Brostrøm, Director in the SST.

  3. The new guidelines on distance saying that we only have to keep 1 meter of distance in most situations instead of 2 are both praised and criticized at the same time, with one professor in Microbiology believing that only a few extra will be infected with the change, and another professor in Virology believing that we are now adding an extra 'experiment' on top of the 'experiment' we are already doing with the broader reopening.

  4. The worker’s union HK wants to have the freeze on the unemployment clock (dagpengeuret) extended to the remainder of the year, given that unemployed have to currently apply for jobs in an economy heavily influenced by the corona-crisis.

  5. Violating the prohibition on opening before time, which enters into effect Monday the 11th of May, will give companies with more than 50 employees a fine of 40.000 kroner on the first breach, 100.000 kroner the second time, and 150.000 the third time. The police will also be able to shut down the companies/locations every time.

2-meter distance vs. 1-meter distance / Foto: Mogens Flindt


POLITICS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • The Danes now only have to keep a 1-meter distance to each other, according to the new guidelines given by the Danish Health Authority (SST). This means that schools can easier make room for their oldest pupils, and more workplaces can have more employees returning to work. The new guidelines are now in accordance with the recommendations of the WHO. 2-metres distance is still recommendable when there are activities with a heavy exhalation, like singing, shouting, lecturing etc., where the heaviest drop-particles will fall further. The same is the case at nursing homes, hospitals or when around people, who have a particularly high risk if infected.

  • The new changes in the Danish guidelines on distance can be explained by the SST having looked abroad at e.g. Norway, where a 1-meter distance has proven sufficient to prevent infection, says Søren Brostrøm, Director in the SST. The SST is making the guidelines more long-term sustainable now where more people will be in contact with each other due to the reopening, he says.

  • The worker’s union HK wants to have the freeze on the unemployment clock (dagpengeuret) extended to the remainder of the year, given that unemployed have to currently apply for jobs in an economy heavily influenced by the corona-crisis. The current freeze runs out in a month. The Confederation of Danish Employers (Dansk Arbejdsgiverforening) supports the proposal but wants the extension to run a couple of months at first.

  • Violating the prohibition on opening before time, which enters into effect Monday the 11th of May, will give companies with more than 50 employees a fine of 40.000 kroner on the first breach, 100.000 kroner the second time, and 150.000 the third time. The police will also be able to shut down the companies/locations every time.

HEALTH-RELATED INFORMATION

  • 10.429 have tested positive, 110 more than yesterday (Expect large dark numbers since we haven't been testing everyone with symptoms from the start, ed.).

  • 196 are hospitalized with corona-virus, 2 more than yesterday.

  • Of those 196, 40 are in intensive care, 1 more than yesterday.

  • Of those 40, 33 are in respirators, 1 more than yesterday.

  • 529 Corona-infected residents in Denmark have died, 3 more than yesterday.

  • 317.834 have been tested for corona-virus (+8.850), with 10.429 positives (3.28 % positives), a drop of 0.06 %-point from yesterday (We are testing more, so we are getting closer to the real percentage of infected people in the society)

  • 8.217 are reported as healthy again, after having been hospitalized with corona-virus, 124 more than yesterday.

  • The new guidelines on distance saying that we only have to keep 1 meter of distance in most situations instead of 2 are both praised and criticized at the same time. Jan Pravsgaard Christensen, professor at the Institute of Immunology and Microbiology at the University of Copenhagen, believes that very few extra people will be infected with this change, since the majority of the larger drops that come out when we talk, will drop to the ground within 1 meter. Allan Randrup Thomsen, professor in Virology at the University of Copenhagen, believes that the changes are dangerous given that we are already making an 'experiment' with the further reopening, and now we are adding an extra 'experiment' on top, he says.

OTHER NEWS

  • The Zoo in Copenhagen will adhere to the ban on reopening before the 8th of June, after the Minister of Justice, Nick Hækkerup, went public yesterday and made it clear, that the government will now make reopening before time illegal. The Zoo also finds this decision fortunate, given that they expect that this makes it possible for the Zoo to get 100 % compensation, instead of 80 %. The Minister of Justice hasn’t yet confirmed this to the media.

  • 14 people were playing a football match in Vejle. By doing this, they violated the ban on assembling more than 10 in public space, and each person was given a fine of 2.500 kroner, a total of 35.000 kroner.

  • 10 people were charged for having violated the assembly ban on a parking lot in Aabenraa shortly before Midnight. 14 people were gathered on the location, but four left the place immediately and weren’t charged.

  • The Danes are using nature more during the corona-crisis, according to a new survey made by Kantar Gallup for the Outdoor Council (Friluftsrådet). 34 % are saying they are more in nature, while 7 % say they have been less outside. Particularly young between 18 and 35 have been going out in nature more. In the government's natural areas around the larger cities the numbers of visitors have increased between 70 to 160 % in the period of 15th of March until the 1st of May, compared to the same period last year. Fewer visitors have been registered in the natural areas far from the cities, however.



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