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Summary, 15.04.2020 - 15 children have been hospitalised with corona-virus during the outbreak.

Today was a relatively calm day, where many schools and childcare-institutions reopened today for the youngest children. It is, however, very clear, that the working peace for the government is over, and the parties are now starting to make their voices and opinions heard. Perhaps most interesting for foreigners, is that the support-parties for the government want the government to suspend the obligatory handshake-ceremonies, which would make it possible for foreigners to become Danish citizens even in these corona-times.

TODAY'S BULLETS

  1. 15 children have been hospitalized with corona-virus so far, according to the State Serum Institute. No children have needed intensive treatment. The age group 0-18 make out 2.6 % of all confirmed infected in Denmark, and there have been no deaths.

  2. SF, Enhedslisten and Det Radikale Venstre want the Minister of Immigration and Integration to suspend handshake-ceremonies during the corona-crisis.

  3. The vocational schools (carpenters, plumbers, electricians, social and health care workers, etc.) are reopening for students on their final year, once the schools have been prepared for the return of the students.

  4. 40.000 healthcare employees in Copenhagen will be offered to take an antibody-test, starting from tomorrow, which will be able to tell whether the employees have already been infected with corona or not.

  5. 36.000 independents and small companies have applied for the help-package designed to help these firms, in the last two weeks where the scheme has been open.


HEALTH-RELATED INFORMATION

  • 6.681 have tested positive, 170 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).

  • 362 are hospitalized, 18 less than yesterday.

  • Of those 362, 89 are in intensive care, 4 less than yesterday.

  • Of those 89, 75 are in respirators, 5 less than yesterday.

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

  • 77.712 have been tested for corona-virus, with 6.681 positives (8.6 % positives)

  • 2.748 are reported as healthy again, after having been hospitalized with corona-virus, an increase of 233 from yesterday.

  • 15 children have been hospitalized with corona-virus so far, according to the State Serum Institute. No children have needed intensive treatment. The age group 0-18 make out 2.6 % of all confirmed infected in Denmark, and there have been no deaths.

  • 40.000 healthcare employees in Copenhagen will be offered to take an antibody-test, starting from tomorrow, which will be able to tell whether the employees have already been infected with corona or not. The hope is to be able to compare the health-professionals infection numbers with the results for the general public, which was estimated to be around 2.1 %, by using this sort of test on blood donors. The test is fairly simple and involves a tiny puncture on the finger where a drop of blood is taken from, and then a device that resembles quite a lot a pregnancy test.

  • A research project across the five regions in Denmark will test whether immunity from healthy covid-19 patients can be transferred to sick patients. The research project was initiated this week with test-subjects, that has created antibodies against covid-19.

  • Frederiksberg and Bispebjerg Hospitals are trying out some medicine against arthritis against the inflammation in the lungs which corona-virus infection can develop into. The hope is that this medicine can help the most vulnerable patients.

  • A 63-year old common practitioner died today with corona-virus, after having been ill for four weeks, and been in intensive care for three weeks with corona-virus. The doctor had his clinic in Hvidovre from 1997 and onwards.

  • Kåre Mølbak, Director in the State Serum Institute said in an interview with the magazine Ingeniøren, that herd immunity is no longer an unavoidable scenario, and that we can contain the infection, so the last part of the herd immunity comes through a vaccine. This is due to the curve of hospitalized with corona-virus being as flat as it is. The Danes must first and foremost continue to keep social distance, which has proven to be the 'superweapon' above them all.

OTHER NEWS

  • Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen partook in the opening of Lykkebo Skole in Valby to follow how the planned reopening of the Danish schools was going. "I am deeply impressed about how quickly it has been possible for a school like this one to adapt from having been shut down completely, to suddenly having to open up again. And the children are really happy to see their friends again," she said. She also said that she can understand that some parents have decided to keep their children at home: "This is the most difficult situation we have been in as a country since the Second World War, and a lot of things are buzzing in our heads for all of us. Everything is about coordinating things in a way, so everyone feels safe. And I can see, that a lot of schools and institutions are doing their utmost best to create a safe everyday life."

  • The vocational schools (carpenters, plumbers, electricians, social and health care workers, etc.) are reopening for students on their final year, once the schools have been prepared for their return. The Minister of Education Pernille Rosenkrantz-Theil told this to DR.

  • 36.000 independents and small companies have applied for the help-package designed to help these firms, in the last two weeks where the scheme has been open.

  • The State Serum Institute has done some calculations that show, that it is justifiable from a health perspective to allow some liberal businesses to reopen. The calculations are done with the premise that 27.000 people return to work, and that the Danes continue to keep social distance to each other.

  • The Danish National Bank estimates that Denmark will need 250 billion kroner in funding until July, which will, among other things, go to pay the large help-packages that have been agreed upon in the Parliament. The National Bank also estimates that the low sovereign debt and the healthy public finances give Denmark a good baseline for funding the expenditures associated with the corona-virus.

  • The corona-virus has led to a significant drop in the surplus of Sydbank compared to last year. The first three months of 2020 the bank has achieved a surplus of 55 million kroner, which is a drop of 73 % compared to last year. Included in this is a depreciation of 84 million kroner, whereof the corona-virus is the major cause. Furthermore, the bank has lost money on its stock-investments and other value papers, which has also been suffering during the corona-crisis.

POLITICS

  • Since the outbreak of the corona-virus, it hasn't been possible for foreigners to receive their Danish citizenship due to the requirement by law that a handshake with a public official must be done. Minister for Immigration and Integration Mattias Tesfaye hasn't been wanted to clarify whether this requirement will be put on halt since the government encourages people to not give hand. Now SF, Enhedslisten and Det Radikale Venstre want the minister to suspend handshake-ceremonies during the corona-crisis: "I believe it would be normal decency to say to the foreigners, that they now get their citizenship - handshake or not," says the spokesman on immigration for Det Radikale Venstre Andreas Steenberg, according to Ritzau.

  • The National Organisation for Parents (Forældrenes Landsorganisation - Fola) believes that all the Danish municipalities should offer parents to take care of their children at home, and as a consequence not having to pay tuition fees. Chairman Signe Nielsen explains: "We would like to see, that it is the state that pays the expenditures, instead of the individual municipality. Otherwise, this sort of initiative would be based on which municipalities that have money, and which ones that do not."

  • Venstre proposes that the courts should handle cases during the weekends, in order to tackle the increasing pile of legal proceedings that are waiting to be completed.

  • The government should automatically acknowledge corona-infection as a work-related injury for the employees in the nursing homes and in the healthcare sector, according to a series of workers' unions, including FOA and the Danish Nurses Organization (Dansk Sygeplejeråd).

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