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Summary, 13.04.2020 - Keep your child home from school if someone in the household is corona-sick.

Today the government drew a line in the sand. Children living in households with a corona-infection are not required to come back to school or to the childcare-institutions after Easter. This came after Denmark's 4 largest municipalities one-by-one went against the Danish Health Authority's guidelines.

TODAY'S BULLETS

  1. Children with corona-infected members in the household are not required to show up to school or childcare-institutions after Easter. This was announced by the Minister of Health and the Elderly Magnus Heunicke and is a decision made by the government.

  2. The Danish Health Authority has withdrawn its injunction to the private hospitals to shut down and put their respirators available for the public health sector. The Authority didn't have the legal right to make this encroachment.

  3. A new research project in Aarhus University will now investigate whether one becomes immune after having been infected with the corona-virus.

  4. Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, after heavy criticism from the parties in the Parliament, will discuss "later in April" with the party leaders, in regards to phase two-the reopening of Denmark.

  5. The government has agreed with several organisations to initiate an increased activity in the healthcare system. The gradual reopening of the healthcare system will happen on the basis of a plan made by the Danish Health Authority.

Minister for Health and the Elderly - Magnus Heunicke / Foto: Philip Davali / Ritzau Scanpix

NEWS REGARDING THE REOPENING OF SCHOOLS AND CHILDCARE-INSTITUTIONS

  • Children with corona-infected members in, the household are not required to show up to school or childcare-institutions after Easter. This was announced by Minister for Health and the Elderly Magnus Heunicke and is a decision made by the government. "Many have been unsure whether the right precautions have been made when the schools and childcare-institutions open again on Wednesday. This is with particular regard to the question of whether children must show up in school or the institution if someone in the home is infected with covid-19. The government now takes the consequence of this insecurity," he says and continues: "there is a series of strict demands for cleaning, hygiene and self-isolation when there are corona-infected in the home. It can be really difficult for particularly families with minor children, and we have an understanding that there are many who feel insecure about this sort of situation."

  • Copenhagen, Aarhus, Odense, and Aalborg Municipalities decided one-by-one to go against the public guidelines from the Danish Health Authority and would rather have people living with a corona-infected person stay home and away from school and childcare-institutions. Employees and children are recommended to stay home until the household is free of symptoms for 48 hours. Then the government's announcement came later in the evening, making this approach the official approach for all of Denmark.

  • Around the country, schools and childcare-institutions are preparing for reopening Wednesday. The equipment-rental company Godik has orders of 4.000 public toilets and 2.000 sinks for the schools and institutions across the country. They are also creating new classrooms by setting up tents.

HEALTH-RELATED INFORMATION

  • 6.318 have tested positive, 144 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).

  • 388 are hospitalized, 8 less than yesterday.

  • Of those 388, 100 are in intensive care, 4 less than yesterday.

  • Of those 100, 87 are in respirators, 2 more than yesterday.

  • 285 Corona-infected Danes have died, 12 more than yesterday.

  • 72.099 have been tested for corona-virus, with 6.318 positives (8.76 % positives)

  • 2.235 are reported as healthy again, after having been hospitalized with corona-virus, an increase of 112 from yesterday.

  • The Danish Health Authority has withdrawn its injunction to the private hospitals to shut down and put their respirators available for the public health sector. The Authority didn't have the legal right to make this encroachment, which was given the 24th of March. This was made clear by the Ministry for Health and the Elderly. "We apologize for this situation and give thanks for your goodwill and cooperation," writes Director for the Danish Health Authority Søren Brostrøm a letter sent to the private hospitals. This withdrawal means that the private hospitals will reopen after Easter.

  • A new research project at Aarhus University will now investigate whether one becomes immune after having been infected with corona-virus. "We can see that most who have been infected create antibodies, and the assumption is, that it has a protective effect. But we don't know for certain yet," says lector Martin Tolstrup from Institute for Clinical Medicine at Aarhus University, who are in charge of the project. The researchers will take blood samples from 500 patients, who have been infected with the virus. Then they will extract the antibodies from the blood, and see how well they kill the virus in a petri dish. The researchers also hope that these antibodies can be used actively to treat still-sick corona-patients. By finding the best antibodies, they can perform a kind of blood transfusion with the best antibodies to the patients who are very critically ill, or about to die. If this works, the researchers hope to be able to copy the best antibodies into a medication against the virus. This might, however, take up to a year, the same timespan it is estimated that a vaccine will take before being released.

OTHER NEWS

  • As Denmark is opening up gradually, there will also be put in more trains in service. This counts for long-distance and regional trains, as well as the S-train. The long-distance and regional trains will open up gradually, with more departures the 14th of April, as well as more trains between Copenhagen and Holbæk/Kalundborg Monday the 20th of April. As we return to more normal conditions, more trains will be put in on top of this. The trains in Northern Jutland will resume to full traffic from the 14th of April. Arriva has been running trains after the normal schedules. Many of DSB's trains are still requiring seating tickets.

POLITICS

  • Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen will, after heavy criticism from the parties in the Parliament, discuss phase two of the reopening of Denmark with the party leaders "later in April" claims Berlingske on the basis of a mail, which the PM sent out to the other party leaders last week. The government has been accused by several parties for having been too arbitrary regarding the gradual reopening of Denmark.

  • Chairman for the Association of School Leaders (Skolelederforeningen) Claus Hjortdal says to Jyllands-Posten, that it is not realistic for the schools in the country to completely reopen in a month. "If you imagine that we must open completely in a month on the same terms as now, then it simply won't work." The association believes that there won't be sufficient staff or rooms available when the 6th-10th grade will return to school. Therefore it can have a longer perspective before those classes can return unless the health-related demands are relaxed.

  • Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen spoke with her colleague from New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, today. They discussed how to handle the corona-crisis, and how to best reopen society.

  • The government has agreed with several organizations to initiate an increased activity in the healthcare system. The gradual reopening of the healthcare system will happen on the basis of a plan made by the Danish Health Authority. "When we can now open up more for the healthcare system in Denmark, it is due to that we have gotten the corona-virus under control in Denmark. We would have preferred to see a broad political agreement, but since there wasn't a political will for this, the government will now go together with the Danish Regions (Danske Regioner), Local Government Denmark (Kommunernes Landsforening) and the Association for Common Practitioners (Praktiserende Lægers Organisation) to increase the activity in the healthcare system."

  • The negotiations of a reopening of the healthcare system continued this evening after the blue parties left the negotiations due to disagreement regarding the rights of treatment for patients Sunday evening. The negotiations collapsed again, however, with the party leader for Venstre Jakob Ellemann-Jensen saying on Twitter: "The government has shut down the country with a concrete plan for the reopening. Today it is the patients, that are paying the price. Negotiations of a reopening of the healthcare system have collapsed. Three days of negotiations, and not the shadow of a blueprint for a plan. Danish patients deserve more!"

  • The Association of Doctors (Lægeforeningen) believes it is too early to reimplement the rights of patients to be examined and treated. "In the current situation, it would be irresponsible to reestablish the rights of patients. It will require the full capacity of the healthcare system. In the long run, it must be done, of course. But I believe it is far away into the future,", said the chairman for the association Anders Rudkjøbing.

  • The Danish Economic Councils proposes that the toll on electricity is lowered, so the Danes get more money to spend on private consumption - clothes, shoes and restaurant visits. This would then help Denmark get back on track quicker.




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