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Summary, 19.05.2020 - SSI calculated wrong R-number in report just before the reopening.

TODAY'S BULLETS

  1. The SSI has made wrong calculations of the Effective Reproduction Number. The 30th of March they published a report where they estimated that the R-number had dropped from 2.6 to 1.4. However, with the data available for the agency at that time, the real numbers should have been from 2.1 to 1.3, shows calculations made by Berlingske. The SSI admits that they have made mistakes in their calculations, but don’t believe that the slight exaggeration has led to different conclusions in the report.

  2. The Prime Minister has called the party leaders for negotiations about the next phase of the reopening tomorrow Wednesday around midday.

  3. A majority outside of the government want five independent experts to investigate the government and official authorities’ handling of the corona-crisis. The experts must be given access to all central governmental documents in the period from the New Year until the beginning of the reopening.

  4. The Member States of the WHO has agreed to launch an investigation of the WHO’s handling of the corona-crisis.

  5. The decision to offer all adult Danes to be tested for coronavirus goes completely against the recommendations from the expert group that was put down to help the Danish Health Authority fighting coronavirus. The group believes that it can give people a false sense of safety since the tests can show false negatives.

Director of the SSI, Kåre Mølbak / Foto: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix

POLITICS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • The SSI has made wrong calculations of the Effective Reproduction Number. The 30th of March they published a report where they estimated that the R-number had dropped from 2.6 to 1.4. However, with the data available for the agency at that time, the real numbers should have been from 2.1 to 1.3, shows calculations made by Berlingske. The SSI admits that they have made mistakes in their calculations, but don’t believe that the slight exaggeration has led to different conclusions in the report.

  • The Prime Minister has called the party leaders for negotiations about the next phase of the reopening tomorrow Wednesday around midday. This will take place based on a new report and calculations from the SSI which the Prime Minister is expecting to receive before 9:00 Wednesday morning.

  • A majority outside of the government want five independent experts to investigate the government and official authorities’ handling of the corona-crisis. The experts must be given access to all central governmental documents in the period from the New Year until the beginning of the reopening. Venstre, De Radikale, Dansk Folkeparti and De Konservative will put forward this proposal Wednesday, says Politiken.

  • The Member States of the WHO has agreed to launch an investigation of the WHO’s handling of the corona-crisis. The EU has proposed the resolution of conducting an “impartial, independent and comprehensive evaluation” of the global handling of the pandemic.

  • The Danish Environmental Protection Agency (Miljøstyrelsen) is withdrawing three kinds of hand sanitizing products immediately since the companies behind the products haven’t been able to document that the products have an effect on virus. The three products are:

- Elite Hånddesinfektion from Elite Trading A/S

- Duren 2 hånddisinfektion from Socco A/S

- Hånddisinfektion 2 from Sæbefraikken A/S


  • The EU will give more money to the WHO during the corona-crisis, says the European Commission. This announcement comes after Donald Trump earlier today announced that the USA is considering withdrawing completely from the WHO.

  • ”Højen” in Graven, Aarhus C, has been established as a new hotspot area by the police after many people have been gathering there over the last couple of days, says the police on Twitter.

HEALTH-RELATED INFORMATION

  • 11.044 have tested positive, 76 more than yesterday (Expect large dark numbers since we haven't been testing everyone with symptoms from the start, ed.).

  • 141 are hospitalised with corona-virus, 3 fewer than yesterday.

  • Of those 141 are 25 in intensive care, 1 fewer than yesterday.

  • Of those 25 are 18 in respirators, 3 fewer than yesterday.

  • 551 Corona-infected residents in Denmark have died, 3 more than yesterday.

  • 402.194 have been tested for corona-virus (+7.800), with 11.044 positives (2.75 % 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)

  • 9.416 are reported as healthy again, after having been hospitalised with corona-virus, 115 more than yesterday.

  • The decision to offer all adult Danes to be tested for coronavirus goes completely against the recommendations from the expert group that was put down to help the Danish Health Authority fighting coronavirus. The group believes that it can give people a false sense of safety since the tests can show false negatives: “Our professional recommendation has been completely bypassed with the latest announcement. It is very difficult to point at what will be gained by the broad testing except sending a political signal that something is being done,” says Anders Beich, chairman for the Danish Association for Common Medicine (Dansk Selskab for Almen Medicin), and adds that this is a: “goodbye to the health professionalism in the testing program.

  • Aarhus University Hospital has not experienced the expected pressure from the coronavirus. The readiness level at the hospital has included 348 beds, but only 150 people have been hospitalised at once with covid-19, from which 64 were released again less than 12 hours later.

  • 4.500 people ordered time for a corona-test Monday after young between 18 to 25 years of age were able to order their own times through www.coronaprover.dk. Tuesday the upper limit was raised to 27, and it is planned that no later than Sunday will everyone above 18 be given the possibility to order a test without a referral from one’s common practitioner.

OTHER NEWS

  • The number of reports of rapes, sexual relations to children, as well as incest, has dropped during the corona-crisis with 60 % in March and April compared to the same two months last year.

  • DSB is expecting the corona-outbreak to cost them a deficit of at least 1 billion kroner in 2020. March and April were particularly hard on the company, where they suffered losses of 100 million kroner per week.

  • The Royal Run 2020 will be cancelled says the Royal House. The run was first pushed from June to September, but it will now be cancelled. The run in 2021 will take place on the 17th of May in Nuuk in Greenland, and the 24th of May in Denmark.



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