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Summary, 27.04.2020 - The list of assembly-hotspots is now on 124 instead of 38 - or, no, wait...?

Today was yet another calm day, but with a lot of smaller announcements and news. Perhaps most amusing of all was that the police made a mistake today, and published a long list of potential assembly-hotspots - but then withdrew it, since it was a draft-list for the original 38 hotspots. Whoops!


TODAY'S BULLETS

  1. The National Police had pin-pointed 124 assembly-hotspots across the country, where there is a particular risk for large assemblies but withdrew the list since it was a draft-list that was published by mistake. There are still 38 hotspots announced to the public.

  2. Copenhagen municipality is looking into how the 70 elementary schools in the municipality can, to some extent, reopen for the oldest pupils from the 11th of May.

  3. New calculations suggest that a quarantine-strategy can reopen Denmark quicker. Using testing, tracking of contact as well as isolation it should be possible to reopen the society and keep the infection pressure to a level where elderly and the weak can walk on the street without major risks.

  4. The development of a corona-vaccine is going faster than expected says Cepi, a global alliance for the development of new vaccines. According to the most optimistic prognosis, the vaccine can be ready within this year because several companies are cooperating to develop a vaccine.

  5. Simon Kollerup finds it worrying that IKEA is reopening today, despite the recommendations from the Ministry of Business to not reopen until such a reopening has been discussed with the Ministry and other authorities. The Ministry will now look into how to follow up on this.

Islands Brygge / Foto: Philip Davali / Ritzau Scanpix

POLITICS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • The National Police had pin-pointed 124 assembly-hotspots across the country, where there is a particular risk for large assemblies but withdrew the list since it was a draft-list that was published by mistake. There are still 38 hotspots announced to the public. The draft-list can be found here.

  • Copenhagen municipality is now looking into how the 70 elementary schools in the municipality can, to some extent, reopen for the oldest pupils from the 11th of May. Until now the announcement has been that it wouldn’t happen until the other side of the summer break. The politicians in the children- and young-board in the city council will Wednesday discuss initiatives and proposals that can let the children get to school, due to increasing demand. They don’t know yet, though, if the government will give the green light to let the oldest pupils return at that time. In total 311.000 pupils are home on the second month now, including efterskole-pupils. The major challenges will be the requirements for space, as well as finding out who will teach the children since the teachers for the oldest pupils are designated to teach the younger children, who have been divided into smaller groups which each requires a teacher.

  • The Prime Minister had discussions with the other party leaders today, with a focus on the economy and the next step in the reopening of Denmark. The meeting ended without an actual conclusion according to TV2. Present was also the Director of the Danish National Bank and the economical Overvismand. The next meeting between the party leaders and the Prime Minister is, according to TV2, this Wednesday.

  • Venstre, Dansk Folkeparti and De Konservative are criticising the government for being too slow to make notes that can be used by the parties in the negotiations of how to help the elderly in the reopening of Denmark. This critique comes ahead of upcoming negotiations with the Minister of the Elderly, Magnus Heunicke, Tuesday at 17.

  • Simon Kollerup finds it worrying that IKEA is reopening today, despite the recommendations from the Ministry of Business to not reopen until such a reopening has been discussed with the Ministry and other authorities. "I think it is very worrying, that some chooses, in the middle of a health crisis, to not listen to the warnings of the authorities. We all want to have a normal everyday life again, and we are making steps in that direction. We cannot risk that. Therefore I am not happy to hear about the reopening of IKEA today. It is clear, of course, that we are now considering how to follow up on this," says the Minister.

  • Driving exams will be resumed in Copenhagen from the 29th of April, says Copenhagen Police on Twitter.

  • 20 people have been fined for violating the prohibition on stopping at Islands Brygge during Sunday, according to Copenhagen Police.

  • 11 young people have been fined for violating the prohibition on gathering more than 10 in public space. The, primarily, young men between 16 and 21 were spotted by the police at Odense harbour at 21 Sunday. Each was given a fine of 2.500 kroner.

  • The Minister of Culture, Joy Mogensen, finds it hard to imagine that the Danish Superliga in football will begin anytime soon, even without audiences: “The challenge of football is that it is a contact sport, and that is, with the current guidelines from the Danish Health Authority and DIF not allowed. I find it difficult to see that football can be played, even without audiences, due to this,” she says. She will discuss opportunities with DBU, DIF, the Player Association, the Division Association and the health authorities this week.

  • Funen Police is warning on Twitter that they will be extra tough towards assemblies of more than 10 people in public space.

  • Work will now begin on making a plan for a gradual and controlled reopening of the Church of Denmark and other religious communities, once it becomes possible. This was announced by the Ministry of Ecclesial Affairs.

HEALTH-RELATED INFORMATION

  • 8.698 have tested positive, 123 more than yesterday (Expect large dark numbers due to that we haven't been testing everyone with symptoms from the start, ed.).

  • 310 are hospitalized, 25 more than yesterday.

  • Of those 310, 72 are in intensive care, 2 more than yesterday.

  • Of those 72, 55 are in respirators, 1 less than yesterday.

  • 427 Corona-infected Danes have died, 5 more than yesterday.

  • 155.810 have been tested for corona-virus, with 8.698 positives (5.58 % positives), a drop of 0.26 % from yesterday (We are testing more, so we are also finding more non-infected, ed.)

  • 5.959 are reported as healthy again, after having been hospitalized with corona-virus, an increase of 154 from yesterday.

  • New calculations suggest that a quarantine-strategy can reopen Denmark quicker. Using testing, tracking of contact as well as isolation it should be possible to reopen the society and keep the infection pressure to a level where elderly and the weak can walk on the street without major risks. Lone Simonsen, epidemiologist and professor in Public Health Science at Roskilde University says: "We have a window of opportunity. We can get the infection pressure so far down, that it is not so risky for the exposed citizens to walk around society."

  • The development of a corona-vaccine is going faster than expected says Cepi, a global alliance for the development of new vaccines. According to the most optimistic prognosis, the vaccine can be ready within this year because several companies are cooperating to develop a vaccine.

  • Despite an increase in the number of hospitalised since Saturday in Region Midtjylland, the numbers aren't worrying, says Leading Chief Physician at the Medical Ward for Infections at Aarhus University Hospital, Lars Østergaard: "It is always worrying when the numbers are rising, but the rise is expected, and not problematic."

  • Two stationed soldiers in Kosovo have tested positive for covid-19. The soldiers are living in the camp Film City outside of Pristina together with four other Danes. One of the remaining soldiers is waiting for the answer to a test, while the others were tested negative. The two infected have been put into quarantine, are being monitored by doctors, but are not displaying any symptoms and are feeling well.

OTHER NEWS

  • The Danish bookstore-chain Arnold Busck has declared itself bankrupt, due to the corona-crisis. The liquidity for the chain ran up, and the company hasn’t received the money it had applied for through the compensation schemes yet. The chain does admit though, that it wouldn’t have been sufficient. The chain was established in 1896 and was run in the family on the fourth generation.

  • SMVDanmark, an interest organisation for small and medium-sized companies, fears that many companies are going to suffer the same fate: “There are many, many companies that are waiting for payouts. If the liquidity doesn’t come right now, they are going to go bankrupt,” says Vice President in SMVDanmark Jakob Brandt.

  • 37 % of the companies selling services to the public institutions are struggling to get their money, according to a survey made by Dansk Erhverv. This is despite that a corona-rescue package was made in March, which contained that public institutions should pay off their outstanding bills to private companies.

  • The Danish retail trade has experienced a drop of 2 % compared to February. This is the largest monthly fall since Statistics Denmark started to monitor the retail trade in 2000. Statistics Denmark also says that there is a risk that the sale will continue to drop. However, internet trade has increased by 20 % compared to March last year.

  • Discovery Networks is sending home 50 employees or almost every fourth employee, due to postponed sports events. They have been sent home until the 8th of July.



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