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Summary, 22.04.2020 - Foreign spouses and permanent cohabitants of Danes can now reenter the country

The government decided today to loosen the rules of entry giving many foreigners the possibility to visit their Danish spouses or better half again. The infection rate is still very low, and we are starting to see much higher numbers of tested people than previously. But there's still a far way to go before we are testing upwards 42.000 people per day, which is the capacity the Danish Health Authority is aiming for.

TODAY'S BULLETS

  1. The government has decided to loosen the rules of entry so that foreign spouses and permanent cohabitants of Danes can enter the country.

  2. The current infection rate (r0-value) is 0.6, meaning that one person infects 0.6 others. Last week the number was also 0.6, and it indicates that the epidemic is on the retreat for now.

  3. 400.000 people can get a free vaccine against lung inflammation, starting today.

  4. An American study on American military veterans shows that the use of the Malaria-drug Chloroquine against coronavirus is allegedly leading to a higher mortality rate.

  5. Students on juvenile and secondary educations can now also take extra study grant loans for May and June.

  6. The Parliament has unanimously agreed that the municipalities can be compensated if they give parents money back for a spot in an institution which they cannot currently use.

Minister of Immigration and Integration - Mattias Tesfaye / Foto: Ida Guldbæk Arentsen / Ritzau Scanpix

POLITICS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • The government has decided to loosen the rules of entry so that foreign spouses and permanent cohabitants of Danes can enter the country. "It has been decided that visits from spouses, permanent cohabitants, children and parents should be generally considered as recognizable purposes," said the Minister of Immigration and Integration Mattias Tesfaye in the Parliament today. Boyfriends and girlfriends are not on the list as of now.

  • Students on juvenile and secondary educations can now also take extra study grant loans for May and June. This was announced by the Minister of Higher Education and Science, Ane Halsboe-Jørgensen, in a press announcement.

  • The Parliament has unanimously agreed that municipalities can be compensated if they give parents money back for a spot in an institution which they cannot currently use. Minister of Education Pernille Rosenkrantz-Theil says that the agreement has been made because not all children can come back in the institutions despite the reopening. The size of the compensation hasn't been clarified yet.

  • Two ministers are now saying that it would be "inappropriate" to open up zoos. This comes after four zoos have announced that they will reopen the 1st of May. Minister of Business Simon Kollerup says: "Announcements the last days carries the sound of an expectation that the ban on gathering more than 10 people, which is also in effect inside e.g. an amusement park, will be lifted after the 10th of May. It is, however, too early to say anything about whether this will actually be the case at the present time." Administrative Director in Odense Zoo, Bjarne Klausen, says that he is disappointed by the announcements of Simon Kollerup and the Minister of Justice Nick Hækkerup: "The National Police is writing on their website that we can reopen again. We are trying to stick to the guidelines, and now we are being given this message," he says. In the meantime, the National Police has changed its guidelines after the ministers have spoken out today. The guidelines now say that the health authorities estimate that it will be inappropriate to open up amusement parks and zoos. But the National Police cannot prevent the zoos from reopening.

  • The negotiations between Local Government Denmark (Kommunernes Landsforening) and the Central Organisation for Teachers (Lærernes Centralorganisation) was intended to be done before the 27th of April. The deadline for the negotiations has now been moved to the 24th of May.

  • The Minister of Employment Peter Hummelgaard has made it clear, that illness as a consequence of corona-infection can be a working injury.

  • Former Prime Minister and current member of the Parliament for Venstre, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, has today been tested for coronavirus. The answer has not arrived yet. The reason for the test is that he was interviewed by a DR-host Knud Brix, which has tested positive since.

  • The Minister of Health and the Elderly Magnus Heunicke said today that it is not possible to say when the right of patients to be examined and treated will return. The reason is that no-one knows how the corona-epidemic will develop. “It requires that we get wiser on the extent of the waiting-time hurdle as well as the further development of the epidemic in Denmark. There must still be the capacity to treat covid-19, but other patients must also be treated,” he said today in the Parliament.

HEALTH-RELATED INFORMATION

  • 7.912 have tested positive, 217 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).

  • 324 are hospitalized, 12 less than yesterday.

  • Of those 324, 80 are in intensive care, 1 less than yesterday.

  • Of those 80, 68 are in respirators, 4 less than yesterday.

  • 384 Corona-infected Danes have died, 14 more than yesterday.

  • 108.465 have been tested for corona-virus, with 7.912 positives (7.3 % positives)

  • 5.087 are reported as healthy again, after having been hospitalized with corona-virus, an increase of 387 from yesterday.

  • The Danish Health Authority is aiming for testing up towards 42.000 Danes a day as a result of the new testing guidelines given yesterday. Theoretically, if this was done every day consequently, the entire Danish population could be tested in just 136 days.

  • The Danish Health Authority has written in their weekly status that the current infection rate (r0-value) is 0.6, meaning that one person infects 0.6 others. Last week the number was also 0.6, and it indicates that the epidemic is on the retreat for now.

  • 400.000 people can get a free vaccine against lung inflammation, starting today. Included are people with chronic diseases and particularly exposed elderly. The decision to give this vaccine for free was made unanimously by the Parliament in March, with the hope to prevent an overload of the hospitals.

  • The experiment with the Ebola-drug Remdesivir will be able to make some conclusions in 28 days. The last patient has started the trials, and the experiment will compare 500 patients that are being injected daily with Remdesivir with 500 placebo-patients. The hope is that the drug might be able to soften the symptoms.

  • An American study on American military veterans shows that the use of the Malaria-drug Chloroquine against coronavirus is allegedly leading to a higher mortality rate. The study has not been peer-reviewed yet though.

  • 35 employees and 5 patients have been infected with coronavirus at Nykøbing Falster Sygehus. The infection chain can be traced back to March, where an elderly patient with a chronic disease was hospitalized on a ward that shares staff and common areas with another ward. The patient didn't show any symptoms of covid-19 when initially hospitalised.

  • The State Serum Institute has published some numbers on pregnant women and corona-infection. 66 pregnant women have been tested for covid-19. This is also corresponding to 5 % of the 1.245 pregnant women who have been tested. 9 children have been born of covid-19 infected women, four from c-section. A few newborns have been tested, and none have been positive.

OTHER NEWS

  • 38 people have applied for asylum in Denmark during the corona-crisis. The normal weekly amount of applications are somewhere between 30 and 55. The reason is very likely the shut down of borders all around the world, which makes it more difficult to get to Denmark in the first place. Dansk Folkeparti and Socialistisk Folkeparti believes that the current situation is a good moment to take a good look at the Danish asylum-system, albeit likely with different intentions.



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