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Summary, 15.05.2020 - Nothing new in the report that may make the politicians reopen cultural life.

TODAY'S BULLETS

  1. There’s nothing new in the report that made the Prime Minister announce that there was room for opening up the countries even more, compared to what the leaders had agreed upon last week, just a few hours before the tv-debate between the leaders of the Danish political parties.

  2. The parties of the Parliament have agreed that people who are at risk of becoming severely ill from coronavirus can stay home with salary or unemployment funds until the 1st of September.

  3. The Minister of Justice, Nick Hækkerup (S) has had a meeting Friday with his colleagues from Sweden and Norway about reopening the borders.

  4. A Danish research project must now investigate how covid-19 is affecting the brain after several reports that patients have been hit by blood clots in the brain, even if they have only had few or no symptoms of coronavirus.

  5. Without Norwegian tourists there will be a loss of many Danish workplaces, says the Director of Tourist House North (Turisthus Nord), René Zeeberg: “The disaster is close to being complete,” he says after Norway has announced that the Norwegians have to stay in Norway until the end of August.

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen ahead of the debate / Foto: Scanpix / Philip Davali

POLITICS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • There’s nothing new in the report that made the Prime Minister announce that there was room for opening up the countries even more, compared to what the leaders had agreed upon last week, just a few hours before the tv-debate between the leaders of the Danish political parties. But according to chief physician at SSI and the leader of the expert group behind the report Robert Leo Skov is there nothing new or crucial in that report that came from the SSI.

  • The parties of the Parliament have agreed that people who are at risk of becoming severely ill from coronavirus can stay home with salary or unemployment funds until the 1st of September.

  • The Minister of Justice, Nick Hækkerup (S) has had a meeting Friday with his colleagues from Sweden and Norway about reopening the borders: “Before we make a decision we have to talk to our colleagues in Germany, but also in the other Nordic countries like Norway, Sweden, Finland etc.,” he says.

  • The Swedish Minister of Foreign Trade and Nordic Cooperation, Anna Hallberg (S), believes that it will be unfair treatment of the Swedes if the Danish government decides to open up for tourists from Germany and Norway, but not for tourists from Sweden: “We are very critical of this, and we have pointed it out. Skåne has a lower infection spread than the region of Copenhagen. I have argued to the Danish government that we should see the region of Øresund as a shared region, instead of comparing Stockholm with Copenhagen,” she says.

  • Three help packages will be extended until the 8th of July after the Parliament has approved a proposal from the government to do so. The three help packages in question are for media companies, artists with combinational income, public information and folk high schools. The extension is estimated to cost 122 million kroner.

  • 20 people have received fines of 2.500 kroner after they were violating the ban of assembly in public spaces. 30-40 people were gathered to a Thursday-bar in a tent outside of Odense Technical College (Landbrugsskolen Odense). Some managed to get away before the police were able to give them fines.

HEALTH-RELATED INFORMATION

  • 10.791 have tested positive, 78 more than yesterday (Expect large dark numbers since we haven't been testing everyone with symptoms from the start, ed.).

  • 137 are hospitalised with corona-virus, 10 less than yesterday.

  • Of those 137 are 32 in intensive care, 3 less than yesterday.

  • Of those 32 are 26 in respirators, 2 less than yesterday.

  • 537 Corona-infected residents in Denmark have died, the same as yesterday.

  • 368.889 have been tested for corona-virus (+10.903), with 10.791 positives (2.92 % positives), a drop of 0.07 %-point from yesterday (We are testing more, so we are getting closer to the real percentage of infected people in the society)

  • 8.959 are reported as healthy again, after having been hospitalised with corona-virus, 154 more than yesterday.

  • A Danish research project must now investigate how covid-19 is affecting the brain after several reports that patients have been hit by blood clots in the brain, even if they have only had few or no symptoms of coronavirus. One of the professors on the project is Grethe Andersen at the University of Aarhus, who wants to describe the damage from the virus on the brain, spinal cord and nerves. According to her, there has been cases of the virus in the spinal fluid surrounding the brain and the spinal cord. Some patients have lost their sense of smell, and this might be due to that the virus has been injuring the cranial nerve.

  • The French medicinal company Sanofi, who is currently working on developing a vaccine against coronavirus, can forget everything about giving the USA the right to the first batch of an eventual vaccine. This was made clear from the French government, and France’s president Emmanuel Macron has called the director for Sanofi, Paul Hudson, to a meeting Tuesday. Yesterday the European Commission also made it clear, that they want everybody to have equal access to a vaccine.

  • All parties except Dansk Folkeparti has agreed to develop a corona-app to track infection chains in Denmark. Data will be stored on the citizen’s phones. The app is expected to be available for launch in mid-June when new technology from Apple and Google has become available to the health authorities and incorporated into the new app.

OTHER NEWS

  • Without Norwegian tourists there will be a loss of many Danish workplaces, says the Director of Tourist House North (Turisthus Nord), René Zeeberg: “The disaster is close to being complete,” he says after Norway has announced that the Norwegians have to stay in Norway until the end of August. “Without the Norwegians, it doesn’t look good. In Skagen they are behind 35 % of the revenue, while they are behind 20-25 % in the rest of Frederikshavn municipality,” he says. The Norwegian government will reevaluate the situation again before the 15th of June, to see if the borders should be reopened.

  • Norwegian will not demand that passengers are wearing facial masks anyway, but will wait for the European Union Aviation Safety Agency’s update on their guidelines. Norwegian is currently only flying on domestic flights in Norway.



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