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Summary, 25.04.2020 - Stopping up at Islands Brygge is now illegal through the 1st of May

Today the police finally had enough. After seeing scenes of Copenhageners flocking together at particularly Islands Brygge, the area around the harbour has been given a prohibition on stopping up. Another 38 other hotspots have also been identified as potential places for more prohibitions. Otherwise, it was a relatively calm day, with only some minor announcements and developments.


TODAY'S BULLETS

  1. It is now forbidden to stop up at Islands Brygge through the 1st of May. The police took this decision due to people not listening to the warnings that came yesterday.

  2. Apart from these two prohibitions the police has identified 38 'hotspots' across the country, where they know people have a tendency to gather together. These also risk receiving a prohibition, if people continue to gather together.

  3. The government has, with a unanimous Parliament, agreed to make an agreement of 215 million kroner, that aims to help the most vulnerable and exposed groups during the corona-crisis.

  4. Companies should not reopen without having consulted and coordinated with the authorities first, according to the Minister of Business, Simon Kollerup. This comes after a week where there was total confusion about a reopening of the zoos in Copenhagen, Aalborg, Odense and Givskud.

  5. The research project regarding the protective effect of facial masks for the carriers has now gathered the needed 6.000 participants.

  6. The Ministry of Immigrants and Integration is still intending to hold the citizenship test on the 3rd of June 2020.

Poster informing of the prohibition on taking a stay at Islands Brygge / Foto: Anthon Unger

POLITICS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • It is now forbidden to stop up at Islands Brygge through the 1st of May. The police took this decision due to people not listening to the warnings that came yesterday: “Yesterday we came with a warning that we would take more harsh methods into use, if citizens do not respect the directions given by us, and keep social distance. Several citizens on Islands Brygge did not take this warning seriously. Therefore, we have now prohibited stopping up in this area,” says Police Commissioner Anne Tønnes from Copenhagen Police. A similar prohibition has also been established on Rømø at Lakolk Shopping Centre, where too many people were gathering to eat ice cream at the local ice cream vendor. This ban is only in place until midnight between Sunday and Monday though. Violating these prohibitions will result in a fine of 2.500 kroner.

  • Apart from these two prohibitions has the police identified 38 'hotspots' across the country, where they know people have a tendency to gather together. These are essentially places that have been given a yellow card and can risk receiving a prohibition as well. The full list can be found here.

  • The government has, with a unanimous Parliament, agreed to make an agreement of 215 million kroner, that aims to help the most vulnerable and exposed groups in Denmark to get through the corona-crisis. The agreement is divided into four main areas:

- 131 million kroner that are allocated to special help to vulnerable children and young

- 37.6 million kroner to homeless, victims of violence, substance abusers as well as people with mental illnesses

- 35.7 million kroner to fight loneliness among people with disabilities

- 10 million kroner to support the social effort done through folk high schools and the association life in Denmark.


  • Companies should not reopen without having consulted and coordinated with the authorities first, according to the Minister of Business, Simon Kollerup. This comes after a week where there was total confusion about a reopening of the zoos in Copenhagen, Aalborg, Odense and Givskud. First, they announced they would reopen the 1st of May. But after the Minister of Business and the Minister of Justice said it was a bad idea, the zoos decided not to reopen for now, despite having been given the permission by the Danish National Police. The National Police also changed their guidelines after the ministers went out in public, and now advised against reopening.

  • The blue parties of the Parliament want answers from the Minister of Health, Magnus Heunicke, regarding the number that came out the other day about potentially being able to test 42.000 people a day. The parties don’t believe the numbers add up to this large number, and want the minister to clarify.

  • The Ministry of Immigrants and Integration is still intending to hold the citizenship test on the 3rd of June 2020.

HEALTH-RELATED INFORMATION

  • 8.445 have tested positive, 235 more than yesterday (Expect large dark numbers due to that we haven't been testing everyone with symptoms from the start, ed.).

  • 290 are hospitalized, 30 less than yesterday.

  • Of those 290, 70 are in intensive care, 1 more than yesterday.

  • Of those 70, 56 are in respirators, 2 less than yesterday.

  • 418 Corona-infected Danes have died, 15 more than yesterday.

  • 136.738 have been tested for corona-virus, with 8.445 positives (6.18 % positives), a drop of 0.37 % from yesterday (We are testing more, so we are also finding more non-infected, ed.)

  • 5.669 are reported as healthy again, after having been hospitalized with corona-virus, an increase of 143 from yesterday.

  • The research project regarding the protective effect of facial masks for the carriers has now gathered the needed 6.000 participants. This would be the first documentation of whether facial masks actually work or not for the carriers. Masks are known for having an effect on preventing a sick person from infecting others but haven’t been proven to actually protect the carrier from becoming infected.

  • Region Syddanmark has announced that they will now begin testing for corona on emergency patients as well as patients that will be hospitalized for more than 24 hours, even if they are not showing any symptoms. The hospital staff can also be tested from the 25th of April, primarily in the weekends, where there is less test activity.

  • A Danish research project will attempt to gather results from all the experiments that have been done regarding coronavirus, which can then create an overview upon which doctors can lean against when treating corona-patients. The hope is that this will identify whether there is a treatment that might be effective against coronavirus.

  • Pregnant women can again give birth at home from the 1st of May. The decision to offer this again is rooted in that parts of the healthcare system can again slowly increase activity due to the low-stress level on the healthcare system that the coronavirus has in Denmark.

OTHER NEWS

  • The Danish courts are reopening again Monday. The requirements here will be a minimum of two metres distance between the participants, and at least four square meters per person in the room. Plexiglass will also be used to shield off in the room, if necessary. There may be some cases with many accused and many defence attorneys, where the rooms will simply not be large enough. A potential solution can be to use conference centres or empty sports facilities.

  • From now on the police must approve drive-in events like sermons, cinema-shows, concerts and football matches from a big TV-screen. The rules are in effect from today, and until the 31st of August 2020.



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