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Summary, 26.04.2020 - Europe seems to have experienced the peak of the first wave of coronavirus

Today was a rather calm day, but also the first day of the prohibition on stopping at Islands Brygge. This caused quite a few fines. More importantly, though, it seems like we have experienced the worst for now from the coronavirus, which might give us some time to prepare for a second wave in the fall. The Prime Minister also came under accusation from Venstre today for having used scare rhetoric instead of giving hope. IKEA continues with their plans of reopening Monday, despite Simon Kollerup's appeal to consult with the authorities first.


TODAY'S BULLETS

  1. Europe seems to have experienced the peak of the first wave of coronavirus.

  2. A ’two-digit amount’ of people have been given fines Sunday by violating the prohibition on stopping at Islands Brygge, according to Vice Inspector in Copenhagen Police, Jesper Bangsgaard.

  3. The Vice President of Venstre’s parliamentary group Karsten Lauritzen says that the Prime Minister has been using scare rhetoric to an unnecessary degree during the corona-crisis, instead of giving hope. He calls it an ‘admission of failure’ that the Prime Minister has raised doubt whether the Danish society can, within a foreseeable future, return to a normal situation.

  4. IKEA will reopen Monday the 27th of April, despite the appeal from the Minister of Business, Simon Kollerup, that companies should consult with public authorities before reopening.

  5. The test centres in Viborg, Herning and Ballerup will open Monday.

Logaritmic scale (exponential development) of cases of death. The flatter the better / Foto: TV2

POLITICS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • A ’two-digit amount’ of people have been given fines Sunday by violating the prohibition on stopping at Islands Brygge, according to Vice Inspector in Copenhagen Police, Jesper Bangsgaard. “The behaviour we have seen down here have simply not been good enough,” he says. When confronted with criticism from some of those who have been given fines, that the police are enforcing the rules way too strict, he says: “When we have a prohibition, it must be enforced.” The prohibition on stopping at Islands Brygge is in effect until the 1st of May at 23.59.

  • 34 people have been charged for having violated the ban on gathering more than 10 people in public on Theklavej in the Northwest quarter in Copenhagen. The 34 were sitting in a private clubroom without an acknowledgeable purpose. They have all received 2.500 kroner in fine, a total of 85.000 kroner.

  • The prohibition on stopping at Lakolk Shopping Centre on Rømø will not be extended: “At midnight we will remove the prohibition on stopping at Lakolk. We believe for now that this is a weekend-phenomenon, but if it continues in the coming week, we will restart the prohibition,” says Police Commissioner in South Jutland’s Police, Jørgen Meyer. No fines have been handed out.

  • No fines have been handed out on Funen. “If it’s because people have been listening to our warnings, because of the weather, or because it is Sunday, I don’t know, but I can ascertain that everything is looking okay here on Fyn,” says Duty Officer in Funen’s Police Sten Nyland.

  • The Vice President of Venstre’s parliamentary group Karsten Lauritzen says that the Prime Minister has been using scare rhetoric to an unnecessary degree during the corona-crisis, instead of giving hope. He calls it an ‘admission of failure’ that the Prime Minister has raised doubt whether the Danish society can, within a foreseeable future, return to a normal situation.

  • The public transport-sector is estimated to lose 1.6 billion kroner in 2020, according to a note from Midttrafik. This is due to a lack of income as well as extra expenditures. SF’s political spokesman of Climate and Energy, Signe Munk, call the situation worrying and wants to give an emergency injection of money to the sector: “We propose that we give back the money krone for krone to the traffic companies. They are losing revenues due to the corona-crisis and are not to blame themselves for this. For us, it is crucial that there is a proper alternative to take the car. Therefore, we must cover this loss in income. The alternative is fewer bus routes, worse coverage and more expensive tickets, and that will be poison for the green conversion,” she says.

HEALTH-RELATED INFORMATION

  • 8.575 have tested positive, 130 more than yesterday (Expect large dark numbers due to that we haven't been testing everyone with symptoms from the start, ed.).

  • 285 are hospitalized, 5 less than yesterday.

  • Of those 285, 70 are in intensive care, the same as yesterday.

  • Of those 70, 56 are in respirators, the same as yesterday.

  • 422 Corona-infected Danes have died, 4 more than yesterday.

  • 146.915 have been tested for corona-virus, with 8.575 positives (5.84 % positives), a drop of 0.34 % from yesterday (We are testing more, so we are also finding more non-infected, ed.)

  • 5.805 are reported as healthy again, after having been hospitalized with corona-virus, an increase of 136 from yesterday.

  • Europe seems to have experienced the peak of the first wave of coronavirus. Professor Jens Lundgren from the Institute for Clinic Medicine at Copenhagen University says that: “We have seen the peak of the first wave because all countries in Europe have launched a series of initiatives to soften the spread of the infection. And that has been a success. Therefore, there is also a drop in the number of people dying,” he says. Both France, Italy and the UK have reported the lowest number of daily deaths in at least a month. When it comes to the reopening of the European countries, however, it is not so much the numbers of deaths that are relevant, but instead how many that are infected, and how many that are hospitalized. “These are the two major variables, that must be used to navigate the different countries through the reopening-process,” he says.

  • The test centres in Viborg, Herning and Ballerup will open Monday. It has not been announced when the remaining new test centres in Hjørring, Thisted, Esbjerg, Kolding, Roskilde, Hillerød, Hvidovre and Rønne will open.

OTHER NEWS

  • IKEA will reopen Monday the 27th of April, despite the appeal from the Minister of Business, Simon Kollerup, that companies should consult with public authorities before reopening. IKEA says that they have sympathy for the difficult situation, but that they do feel ready to reopen: “We have of course ensured that we have the permission legally to reopen,” says IKEA’s Country Communication Manager Christian Mouroux Pedersen.



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