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Summary, 18.05.2020 - All adults can soon be tested without a referral from one's practitioner.

TODAY'S BULLETS

  1. As part of the national test strategy of testing much more, it will now become possible for all adult citizens to order their own times in the white tents across the country, says the Ministry of Health and the Elderly. The possibility will first be offered to young between 18-25, and then later this week it will be available for all adults. This means it will no longer be a requirement to be referred by one's own general practitioner.

  2. More than 100 countries want an investigation of the coronavirus and the WHO’s response to it. The EU and Australia are leading this inquiry. China has joined the enquiry as well.

  3. A green vest is now an initiative taken to help particularly vulnerable Danes making their surroundings aware, that they are in the risk group if infected with the coronavirus. All vests are printed with an encouragement to keep distance to the one wearing it, and the text: “I am in the risk group”.

  4. Sports associations have applied for compensation of a total of 256 million kroner, but the allocation is only on 44 million kroner. A total of 2.966 associations have applied within the deadline that ran out Friday.

  5. The police across the country report of a good reopening all over, with only a few bars in Copenhagen who have been told to have fewer guests, and keep a better eye on the number.

  6. The shutdown of the country had a smaller effect on the spread of infection than the authorities have publicly informed so far, says Berlingske. Their analysis of the data available also shows that the coronavirus was less dangerous in March than has so far been believed.

Foto: Niels Christian Vilmann/Ritzau Scanpix

POLITICS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • As part of the national test strategy of testing much more, it will now become possible for all adult citizens to order their own times in the white tents across the country, says the Ministry of Health and the Elderly. The possibility will first be offered to young between 18-25, and then later this week it will be available for all adults. This means it will no longer be a requirement to be referred by one's own general practitioner.We have brought the infection pressure down to a very low level. It is crucial that there aren’t any hidden infection-pockets, which can make the infection blow up again. Every single infection chain is one too many and can potentially become more. That’s why the national test strategy is about significantly increased testing widely in the population. So, if you have just the slightest suspicion that you have been exposed to covid-19, you should let yourself be tested,” says the Minister of Health and the Elderly, Magnus Heunicke (S).

  • More than 100 countries want an investigation of the coronavirus and the WHO’s response to it. The EU and Australia are leading this inquiry. China has joined the enquiry as well.

  • A green vest is now an initiative taken to help particularly vulnerable Danes making their surroundings aware, that they are in the risk group if infected with the coronavirus. All vests are printed with an encouragement to keep distance to the one wearing it, and the text: “I am in the risk group”. “It is a vest that should create some comfort for those who are in the risk group and their relatives,” says Morten Rüsz, the man behind the vest.

  • Sports associations have applied for compensation of a total of 256 million kroner, but the allocation is only on 44 million kroner. A total of 2.966 associations have applied within the deadline that ran out Friday.

  • The police across the country report of a good reopening all over, with only a few bars in Copenhagen who have been told to have fewer guests, and keep a better eye on the number.

  • The police of South-East Jutland have given out 38 fines through the weekend for various violations on the ban on public assembly. They were given at three different events in Horsens, and were particularly given to young people, as young as less than 15 years of age, says the police.

  • Germany and France have joined together to propose an economic recovery fund of 500 billion euro, which must be able to give grants to the countries that are hit the most by coronavirus. Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron also propose that the EU takes up a shared debt.

HEALTH-RELATED INFORMATION

  • 10.968 have tested positive, 41 more than yesterday (Expect large dark numbers since we haven't been testing everyone with symptoms from the start, ed.).

  • 144 are hospitalised with corona-virus, 11 more than yesterday.

  • Of those 144 are 26 in intensive care, 1 fewer than yesterday.

  • Of those 26 are 21 in respirators, the same as yesterday.

  • 548 Corona-infected residents in Denmark have died, 1 more than yesterday.

  • 394.394 have been tested for corona-virus (+5.691), with 10.968 positives (2.78 % positives), a drop of 0.03 %-point from yesterday (We are testing more, so we are getting closer to the real percentage of infected people in the society)

  • 9.301 are reported as healthy again, after having been hospitalised with corona-virus, 74 more than yesterday.

  • The shutdown of the country had a smaller effect on the spread of infection than the authorities have publicly informed so far, says Berlingske. Their analysis of the data available also shows that the coronavirus was less dangerous in March than has so far been believed. SSI acknowledges to the media that the institute had put the infection pressure too high – among other things because of “a mistake”.

  • The Regional Hospital Nordjylland in Hjørring has sent home into quarantine 28 of their employees until they have received answers on their tests for covid-19. The hospital informs that they can potentially have been exposed to infection when a patient was transferred from Aalborg Hospital to the hospital in Hjørring without having been isolated.

OTHER NEWS

  • Copenhagen Airport has experienced a drop in its surplus of 72 % in the first three months of the year, compared to the same period last year. The surplus for Q1 is estimated to be 72.2 million kroner.

  • The traditional company run DHL Stafetten has been cancelled across the country this year, due to the corona-crisis. The association behind, Sparta Atletik & Løb, calls it an economic bomb for the association.

  • Danish Crown has temporarily stopped the butchering of pigs at their factory at Skærbæk in Southern Jutland, due to that their normal procurer of the pigs, German Westcrown, have closed down temporarily due to a larger outbreak of coronavirus among the employees.



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