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Summary, 23.04.2020 - Mattias Tesfaye: The Ramadan must not turn into an explosion of infected

Updated: Apr 25

The Ramadan is starting tonight, and the Minister of Immigration and Integration, Mattias Tesfaye, as well as hospital-employees and professors, are worried that the break of the fast will lead to a massive spike in corona-infected. We have also been informed, that we won't know the details of phase 2 of the reopening of Denmark until shortly before, and then there's been a top-meeting in the EU, where the debate of a shared debt financial instrument is being heavily debated at the moment.

TODAY'S BULLETS

  1. The Minister of Immigration and Integration Mattias Tesfaye encourages Danish Muslims to look out for each other during the Ramadan. “It must not turn into an explosion of infected,” he says on Facebook. Danish Muslims should only be together with those they live together with, and not gather a lot of family-members to break the fast, which is the custom for many Muslim families. A full translation of the Minister’s post can be found at the bottom of this summary.

  2. The Prime Minister said today that the government won’t announce how phase 2 of the reopening of Denmark will be until shortly before the 10th of May.

  3. Denmark does not agree with an EU recovery plan, where shared debt financing will be used. The Prime Minister does not recognize that shared debt financing is the same as showing solidarity. We (the Danes) should not be paying for the Southern European countries debt, she says.

  4. Companies have applied for salary compensation for 150.000 employees, and 2.7 billion kroner have been paid out from the scheme. 25.000 companies have applied in total for this scheme, and around 14.500 have received money or will receive it in the coming days. There have been sent 80.000 applications across the schemes so far.

  5. Elderly people living in nursing homes can now be visited, if it takes place outdoors.

Foto: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix

POLITICS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • The Prime Minister said today that the government won’t announce how phase 2 of the reopening of Denmark will be until shortly before the 10th of May. “I understand the impatience and I hope it won’t become despair. But if we go too quickly forward, we risk everything,” she says.

  • The Prime Minister says that we must show European solidarity and that it is in everyone’s interest that South Europe gets through this crisis as best as possible. But she does not recognize that a shared debt financing is the same as being solidary. We (the Danes) should not be paying for the Southern European countries debt, she says.

  • The Minister of Immigration and Integration Mattias Tesfaye encourages Danish Muslims to look out for each other during the Ramadan. “It cannot turn into an explosion of infected,” he says on Facebook. Danish Muslims should only be together with those they live together with, and not gather a lot from the family to break the fast, which is the custom for many Muslim families. A full translation of the Minister’s post can be found at the bottom of this summary.

  • Companies have applied for salary compensation for 150.000 employees, and 2.7 billion kroner has been paid out from the scheme. 25.000 companies have applied in total for this scheme, and around 14.500 have received money or will receive them in the coming days. "It is really good to see that over half of the companies that have applied for help in order to avoid firing their employees have already now been granted their money. I would, of course, have preferred that all companies could receive the money immediately, but we have received 80.000 applications across all the schemes, and it takes time to treat the cases," says Minister of Business Simon Kollerup.

  • If you are stranded in Pakistan, there will be a flight from Islamabad on Sunday the 26th of April at 7 AM. Tickets can be purchased at a PIA-office or through your travel agency. This was announced by the Citizen Service in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.

  • The Minister of Culture, Joy Mogensen, will avoid having sports events ending up as large sources of infection. The EU’s Ministers of Sport met recently to discuss this topic. “If we open up a large event on a football stadium as the first thing, and it then becomes a source of a lot of infected, you might not go to the stadium next time you actually feel for it, but will wait a longer time,” she says.

EU-TOP MEETING

  • Denmark does not agree to make a recovery plan in the EU where shared debt financing will be used. This was fixed with nails by Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen after a video conference with the EU’s political leaders tonight. We (the Danes) should not be paying for their debt, she says.

  • The Danish position to the EU’s budget is still unchanged – we want a budget of 1.0 % of the GDI. “Europe is in a different situation because of corona. But so are the countries, because the corona-crisis means that the Danish budget is also looking differently. There is no doubt that we must gather funds to the countries that have the largest need. But it cannot happen through a shared debt financing” said the Prime Minister. She believes the funds can be found through prioritization in the current budget.

  • The Prime Minister does not see a correlation between rejecting a shared debt financing, and the breakdown of the European Union: “Who gets to define, whether this is the end of Europe?” she says.

  • She points out, that some countries are possibly exploiting the corona-crisis to get through old key issues when it comes to the discussion of loans and debts between members of the union.

  • Denmark is willing to look at further help to Italy if they desire so. She also hopes that the discussion of the EU’s budget and a large recovery fund will be put together. Furthermore, there must be found some financing to the countries that are hit hardest – but without a shared debt financing. “We have given the Commission the task to find concrete solutions within the topics we have discussed today. I think that is a wise way to deal with this issue,” she says. She now expects the discussions to continue in May and maybe June too.

  • "I raised, on behalf of Denmark, a proposal that the vulnerability we have seen in terms of a lack of protective equipment (in Europe, red.) is something we cannot bid ourselves if there comes a second phase, or we face a pandemic again. With the encouragement of the Commission we have agreed that Denmark and the Commission will be in charge of a strategy for this, and I am looking forward to working on this," she says.

HEALTH-RELATED INFORMATION

  • 8.073 have tested positive, 161 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, 5 less than yesterday.

  • Of those 319, 74 are in intensive care, 6 less than yesterday.

  • Of those 74, 61 are in respirators, 7 less than yesterday.

  • 394 Corona-infected Danes have died, 10 more than yesterday.

  • 116.621 have been tested for corona-virus, with 8.073 positives (6.9 % positives)

  • 5.384 are reported as healthy again, after having been hospitalized with corona-virus, an increase of 297 from yesterday.

  • Two chief physicians at the Ward for Infection Medical Treatment on Hvidovre Hospital is appealing to the State Serum Institute to find out how many immigrants that are infected with coronavirus in Denmark: “When I look at who is in our ward, it looks like there are more with another ethnic background than normally. We have a similar image on the intensive care ward,” says Chief Physician and Professor Thomas Benfield. The Prime Minister said Tuesday that she will look into whether the number of infected can be assessed into minorities, after a question from a journalist.

  • Elderly people living in nursing homes can now be visited, if it takes place outdoors. The Danish Health Authority now admits that it is a mistake that they have been advising against visits outdoors at nursing homes. This was announced by the Head of Unit in the Authority, Mads Biering la Cour. The guidelines will now be revised.

  • 20 tons of testing equipment that suffice for 200.000 tests have arrived from Hongkong and will now be distributed in the healthcare system. Apart from various equipment, there are also six testing machines in the shipment, which will be used at Herlev Hospital, Hvidovre Hospital, Slagelse Hospital, Lillebælt Hospital, University Hospital Aalborg and University Hospital Århus. The testing equipment has a total value of 35 million kroner and has been donated by an anonymous Danish company.

  • 9.000 litre of hand sanitizer has been made on wine and alcohol delivered by a group of Danish breweries to Borup Kemi, who has then made the hand sanitizer. More hand sanitizer is on the way through this cooperation.

OTHER NEWS

  • The world is headed into a recession of a “previously unseen size after the second world war”, according to the American credit company Fitch. They estimate that the global economy will drop by 3.9 % this year. The total drop in the economy is expected to become twice as severe as during the recession in 2009 due to the financial crisis.

  • You can now follow the number of passengers in the S-train in live-time through a new website, www.pladspårejsen.dk. It is the intention that no more than 50 % of the seats must be used in order to limit the spread of the virus.

FACEBOOK-POST FROM MATTIAS TESFAYE, MINISTER OF IMMIGRATION AND INTEGRATION

DEAR DANISH MUSLIMS!!


This is important. Look at this front page of the newspaper (picture not included here, red.). Chief physicians are striking the alarm. They are saying that way too many immigrants are hospitalised with corona. We must look out for each other! Tonight, it is the beginning of your feast. The Ramadan. It MUST NOT turn into an explosion of infected.


Do remember, that the Christians also had a very different Easter. Empty churches. No Easter lunches in the family. The traditions were missing. The Muslim celebration will also be different.


It is not okay to gather a lot from the family to break the fast as you are used to. You should only be together with those you live together with. And then try to be together through video connections or other digital remedies.


And as it looks right now, the great Eid-party must also be held in smaller clusters this year. You must not be more than 10 together – that is also the case in parks and in nature.

I know that many want to give alms. I have a lot of respect for that. But reconsider if you have to show up physically and drop coins and bills in a large bin. MobilePay can be a good alternative.


We can only overcome COVID-19 if we all stand together in following the guidelines from the health authorities. That is also the case during religious celebrations. So far churches, mosques and synagogues have been very helpful in supporting the effort against corona.

It has contributed to lower the stress on our healthcare system. And thereby also been part of looking out for the elderly and the sick. We cannot risk all everything now. Not for Easter lunches, not for the Ramadan.


We have gotten a series of recommendations for the Ramadan translated to other languages. Do you know some Muslims? Then SHARE this post and help spread the message.


Happy Ramadan!


Link to more info: https://uim.dk/covid-19



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