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Summary, 22.05.2020 - PM: The shutdown was recommended to the government, but a political decision.


(Apologies for the lack of a summary yesterday. My girlfriend and I had our anniversary day, and therefore I didn't pay the usual attention to the news.)


TODAY'S BULLETS

  1. The Prime Minister maintains that it was a group of official authorities (myndighedsgruppe) in unity that recommended the government to shut down Denmark in the middle of March. This comes after an article in Jyllands-Posten questions the reasoning behind the decision: “The counseling we get from an authority group in unity (myndighedsgruppe) is that we must minimize social contact. How we must do so, is, of course, a political decision,” she said to TV2.

  2. However, some believe that the Prime Minister’s explanation doesn’t sound trustworthy and that she has an explanation issue. The Political Editor at TV2, Troels Mylenberg, says: “She has an explanation issue when she first says that it was the authorities that recommended shutting Denmark down, and then afterward says that it was a political decision. It will be difficult for the common citizen to understand what the reasoning for shutting down was really, and who made the decision,” he says.

  3. Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine don’t have an impact on coronavirus. On the contrary, it increases the mortality rate, shows a big study among 96.000 corona-patients.

  4. A 57-year-old man has been arrested in Copenhagen Friday morning, as he is suspected of having committed fraud with the compensation scheme for salary compensation. The man is suspected of having tried to get 1.25 million kroner paid out for 17 employees across five different companies and associations.

  5. The police in Mid- and Western Zealand are considering implementing a prohibition on public assembly in two parks in Roskilde, Folkeparken and Byparken, after the police have spent hours clearing the parks when 250 young people gathered there Wednesday and Thursday.

The development in corona-patients hospitalised, in intensive care and using respirators / TV2

POLITICS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • The Prime Minister maintains that it was a group of official authorities (myndighedsgruppe) in unity that recommended the government to shut down Denmark in the middle of March. This comes after an article in Jyllands-Posten questions the reasoning behind the decision: “The counseling we get from an authority group in unity (myndighedsgruppe) is that we must minimize social contact. How we must do so, is, of course, a political decision,” she said to TV2.

  • However, some believe that the Prime Minister’s explanation doesn’t sound trustworthy and that she has an explanation issue. The Political Editor at TV2, Troels Mylenberg, says: “She has an explanation issue when she first says that it was the authorities that recommended shutting Denmark down, and then afterward says that it was a political decision. It will be difficult for the common citizen to understand what the reasoning for shutting down was really, and who made the decision,” he says.

  • A 57-year-old man has been arrested in Copenhagen Friday morning, as he is suspected of having committed fraud with the compensation scheme for salary compensation. The man is suspected of having tried to get 1.25 million kroner paid out for 17 employees across five different companies and associations. The money was never paid out, and the man is now charged for having given false information to get support from the compensation schemes. The police will not be more precise about the man’s wrongdoings at the current time.

  • The police in Mid- and Western Zealand are considering implementing a prohibition on public assembly in two parks in Roskilde, Folkeparken and Byparken, after the police have spent hours clearing the parks when 250 young people gathered there Wednesday and Thursday. The assembly was affected by alcohol and in a general party mood both evenings. “We don’t want to get to an actual ban on assembly, because we can understand, that people who live in Roskilde wants to go out and use the city. But we do still have a ban on assembly,” says the police in an interview. The police have put up signs in the area Friday and will keep an extra eye on further assemblies.

  • When the museums reopen, they should stop doing tours, according to the guidelines that have been sent out by the Ministry of Culture. The guidelines are in effect for cultural institutions like museums, art galleries, zoos, etc. Explicitly it says: “the institutions should avoid going through with activities that promote the gathering of many people, including lectures, plays, guided tours, and events”.

  • Cinemas and theatres must keep every second seat empty, or alternatively keep a meter’s distance between each member of the audience, measured from the middle of each seat, according to the guidelines set out by the Ministry of Culture. Cultural events with a sitting audience are exempt from the prohibition on public gatherings of more than 10 people, but there cannot be more than 500 in total in each room/hall, or to outdoor events.

  • Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen attended the reopening of the first cultural institution after the shutdown, which was Louisana Museum. She was happy that it was even possible to reopen cultural institutions already now, but also made it clear, that guidelines and restrictions are necessary in order to make it possible: “Everybody is affected by restrictions still, and it is a requirement for that we can reopen. We must continue to remember that distance and hygiene are important. The virus spreads fast when many people are gathered,” she said to TV2.

  • The bodegas and bars must shut down at 24 at the latest. But when they do, people gather outside, instead of going home. The police on Funen is now asking the citizens to go home when the party is over: “We want to encourage the visitors to cafés and bars on Funen to go away from the area, when the bars and bodegas close, and not stand outside on the street. There are too many people standing too close together, and due to health considerations we must look after each other,” says the police in an announcement.

HEALTH-RELATED INFORMATION

  • 11.230 have tested positive, 113 more than the day before yesterday (Expect large dark numbers since we haven't been testing everyone with symptoms from the start, ed.).

  • 119 are hospitalised with corona-virus, 8 fewer than the day before yesterday (The lowest number of hospitalised in the last two months, ed.)

  • Of those 119 are 23 in intensive care, 2 fewer than the day before yesterday.

  • Of those 23 are 19 in respirators, 3 more than the day before yesterday.

  • 561 Corona-infected residents in Denmark have died, 7 more than the day before yesterday.

  • 433.971 have been tested for corona-virus (+21.920) with 11.230 positives (2.59 % positives), a drop of 0.11 %-point from yesterday (We are testing more, so we are getting closer to the real percentage of infected people in the society)

  • 9.764 are reported as healthy again, after having been hospitalised with corona-virus, 348 more than the day before yesterday.

  • Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine don't have an impact on coronavirus. On the contrary, it increases the mortality rate, shows a big study among 96.000 corona-patients. The two drugs that are used against malaria and arthritis can in worst cases lead to death, since the risk of cardiac arrest and death increases with up to 45 %. The study is published in the medical magazine The Lancet.



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