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Summary, 19.04.2020 - Expect to keep social distance and avoid contact for at least another year

Today there was a shared press conference with several authorities regarding the reopening of several liberal businesses and health-related clinics this Monday. A series of guidelines have been developed, and they can be found in this summary. Furthermore, Kåre Mølbak has said in an interview that we must expect to have to continue keeping social distance and avoid physical contact with others for at least a year. Finally, a lot of jobs have been secured through the salary compensation scheme, so that's some good news!

TODAY'S BULLETS

  1. Kåre Mølbak: expect to have to keep social distance and avoid handshakes, hugs and cheek kisses for at least a year.

  2. Simon Kollerup: We can go to the hairdresser, the masseuse, the tattoo-shop and take driving lessons from tomorrow because we have been acting responsibly. If we continue doing so, we can continue taking steps towards a more normal everyday life.

  3. Simon Kollerup: We must reopen in a way, so everybody feels safe. We have therefore developed a series of guidelines.

  4. Søren Brostrøm: We are expecting to see an increased infection spread since it is a virus that infects by close contact, and we will monitor it closely.

  5. Simon Kollerup: There will soon be a more precise announcement on the number of people that goes in under “large assemblies”, which are banned.

  6. More than 150.000 jobs have been secured through the salary compensation scheme.

Kåre Mølbak. Foto: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix


PRESS CONFERENCE WITH SEVERAL AUTHORITIES - UPDATE AND GUIDELINES ON THE REOPENING OF LIBERAL BUSINESSES AND HEALTH-CLINICS

PRESENT

  • Minister of Business - Simon Kollerup

  • Director for the Danish Health Authority - Søren Brostrøm

  • Director for the Danish Patient Safety Agency - Anne-Marie Vangsted


Simon Kollerup

  • We can go to the hairdresser, the masseuse, the tattoo-shop and take driving lessons from tomorrow because we have been acting responsibly. If we continue doing so, we can continue taking steps towards a more normal everyday life.

  • The reopening of Denmark is crucial to our businesses, but it must be responsible to do so from a health-perspective, and wise from an economical perspective.

  • We must reopen in a way, so everybody feels safe. We have therefore developed a series of guidelines. Because you cannot go to e.g. the masseuse without physical contact. But the new guidelines must ensure, that the risk of infection is minimized.

  • We have to react to mild symptoms. If anyone in the family has symptoms or are sick from corona – stay home! We also have to stay home if we are feeling under the weather or are in doubt.

  • We can all safely use the shops because they have been given new guidelines making it safe. Cleaning of the rooms and the credit card machines must be made extra thoroughly. Hairdressers do not need to wear a visor if they are cutting the hair from the back, but if you are having a lot of face-to-face contact with each other, it might be a good idea to use. In general, the staff must use the same types of protective equipment they are used to use in their work.

  • There will soon be a more precise announcement on the number of people that goes in under “large assemblies”, which are banned (This will have a direct impact on whether weddings and other larger ceremonies can be held this summer, red.).

Søren Brostrøm

  • We are now entering the 8th week with the corona-outbreak in Denmark. It is now responsible to open up for the liberal businesses, as well as for a series of health-related businesses – dentists, chiropractors etc.

  • Last week we told patients to start using their own general practitioners again. Now, we must start using other parts of the healthcare system again.

  • This requires thinking new thoughts. We must avoid rush hour in the healthcare system. There cannot be too many in the waiting rooms, and health checks must be coordinated so patients don’t cross each other in the door going in and out. The use of video- and phone-consultations must continue to the extent possible.

  • We are expecting to see an increased infection spread since it is a virus that infects by close contact, and we will monitor it closely. Most of us are receptive to the virus since we don’t have immunity in society.


Guidelines for businesses and the healthcare system's reopening


Avoid close contact:

  • Encourage people to keep a proper distance to each other when inside the clinic.

  • Decorate waiting rooms and similarly, so people sit, to the extent possible, with two metres distance.

  • Ensure that there is not access for more than one person per four square meters, when public entrance is possible.

  • Organise the working day so the staff is working shifted, and as few people as possible are in the clinic.

  • Ask customers/clients to turn their faces away, when possible, if you have a close contact face-to-face.

  • When it is not possible to avoid close face-to-face contact a visor or facial mask can be used.

  • Put up a barrier between staff and customers/clients the places where it is possible - e.g. at the register.


Hygiene:

  • Wash hands before and after each client/customer which you have been in close contact with.

  • Ask clients/customers to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer when they arrive, and before they leave.

  • Stay home if you have symptoms of illness and for 48 hours after you have had the last symptoms.

  • Encourage customers/clients to stay away if they have symptoms of disease.

  • Use personal tools and one-time-equipment, and have a plan for cleaning of the shared tools.

  • Be thorough with the cleaning - both at home and at work.

  • Clean phones, door handles, keyboards, tablets, registers and other contact points twice a day. Clean tablets with alcohol wipes daily.

  • Wash the laundry, including towels, at minimum 80 degrees.

HEALTH-RELATED INFORMATION

  • 7.384 have tested positive, 142 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).

  • 319 are hospitalized, 2 more than yesterday.

  • Of those 319, 84 are in intensive care, 3 less than yesterday.

  • Of those 84, 73 are in respirators, 3 less than yesterday.

  • 355 Corona-infected Danes have died, 9 more than yesterday.

  • 94.277 have been tested for corona-virus, with 7.384 positives (7.8 % positives)

  • 4.141 are reported as healthy again, after having been hospitalized with corona-virus, an increase of 294 from yesterday.

  • Kåre Mølbak, Director for the State Serum Institute, says we should expect to have to keep social distance and avoid handshakes, hugs and cheek kisses for at least a year, in an interview with Berlingske.

  • A new survey-result from Aarhus University shows that people have started slacking on hand hygiene. The 22nd of March the survey showed that 77 % of the people asked were washing or sterilizing their hands at least 10 times a day. The 12th of April that number had dropped to 63 %.

OTHER NEWS

  • More than 150.000 jobs have been secured through the salary compensation scheme, where employers can send home their employees with full salary, and receive 75 % back in compensation if they are monthly-paid, and 90 % back if they are paid per hour, up to a limit of 30.000 kroner per employee.

  • 31.403 runners had signed up for the running event “Denmark runs – together apart from each other”. The runners could run 5, 10 or 21 kilometres, and had printed their own numbers, and the time began at 11:00. Director for the Danish Health Authority Søren Brostrøm, the party leader for Det Radikale Venstre Morten Østergaard, as well as the Minister of Health and the Elderly Magnus Heunicke, participated in the event.

POLITICS

  • The government wants to ensure that children from vulnerable families still have the opportunity of going to summer camps this summer at the same extent as they are used to. Monday the Minister for Social Affairs and the Interior Astrid Krag will initiate negotiations with the parties in the Parliament about extra help to vulnerable and exposed groups. Some of this money would then go to the summer camps.

  • Karsten Längerick, Mayor in Allerød municipality, wants to send back money to the parents for the food scheme in kindergarten and daycare institutions, which the parents have continued to pay for during the corona-crisis. The total amount runs up to 787.600 kroner. The Finance committee in the municipality will discuss this proposal Tuesday.



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