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Summary, 28.05.2020 - Søren Brostrøm was given an order to abandon the principle of proportionality.


TODAY'S BULLETS

  1. There has been an internal power struggle at the top of the Danish healthcare system while the corona-crisis was at its peak. A mail from the Department Head of the Ministry of Health, Per Okkels, sent to Søren Brostrøm, the Director of the Danish Health Authority (SST), shows that Søren Brostrøm was given an order to leave the principle of proportionality, and instead implement a principle of extreme caution: “Before you answer, you must abandon the principle of proportionality in recognition of a principle of extreme caution.” However, the principle of proportionality is a fundamental cornerstone for health professionals, explains the former Director of the SST, Else Smith: “The principle of proportionality is a cornerstone in the work of the health authorities. There must be proportionality between what you choose to do as a state, and what you are trying to do something about. The cure must preferably not be more lethal than what you are trying to treat."

  2. 24 out of the 565 cases of death with coronavirus in Denmark have died without suffering from a chronic disease before the epidemic. Of those have only 7 been younger than 70, and not a single one has been younger than 60.

  3. The EU wants to find more money to develop a corona-vaccine. They are therefore launching a new campaign together with the organisation Global Citizens called “Global Goal: Unite for our future” as a part of the funding-marathon that was launched the 4th of May. Lady Gaga, Hugh Jackman, Miley Cyrus and other artists have announced that they will be part of the campaign.

  4. People showing symptoms of coronavirus on the COVIDmeter has dropped from 1.3 % the first week at the end of March to 0.25 % currently, according to the first results from the digital platform.

  5. Mouth protection might become obligatory in Danish airports. The Danish aviation industry is about to implement new rules with the aim of reducing the risk of infection, based on recommendations from the European aviation agency EASA.

Per Okkels, Department Head in the Ministry of Health / Foto: The Ministry of Health

POLITICS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • There has been an internal power struggle at the top of the Danish healthcare system while the corona-crisis was at its peak. A mail from the Department Head of the Ministry of Health, Per Okkels, sent to Søren Brostrøm, the Director of the Danish Health Authority (SST), shows that Søren Brostrøm was given an order to leave the principle of proportionality, and instead implement a principle of extreme caution: “Before you answer, you must abandon the principle of proportionality in recognition of a principle of extreme caution.” The Prime Minister wanted to have more people tested immediately. However, the principle of proportionality is a fundamental cornerstone for health professionals, explains the former Director of the SST, Else Smith: “The principle of proportionality is a cornerstone in the work of the health authorities. There must be proportionality between what you choose to do as a state, and what you are trying to do something about. The cure must preferably not be more lethal than what you are trying to treat,” she says and explains that the wording in the mail cannot be misunderstood: “It has to be read as a clear order. He writes ‘must’. It is not ‘can’, or ‘is it a good idea?’, he writes ‘must’. There is no doubt here, that the Prime Minister has said: Can’t we get some more tests?”. Professor at the National Research- and Analysis Center for Welfare, Jakob Kjellberg, also reads this mail as a clear-cut message to Brostrøm: “Fundamentally he says ‘test, test, test’, and don’t come here with all sorts of considerations of whether there is a reasonable proportion between the results of testing and the resources we are spending on testing. It shows a very different view of the testing. It is a professional and political world that are clashing,” he says. However, Søren Brostrøm didn’t just obey the order but instead responded: “It is some professional processes with many actors (and opinions) that we in the SST, despite the complexity, are managing to resolve in a very fast pace, despite that it means that some nuances and precisions aren’t always exactly perfect,” and explains that they are currently in dialogue with the Regions and the Danish Medical Association (Lægeforeningen) about the test strategy. “I will therefore strongly appeal that there are not initiated further processes across the concern, which will make it very difficult for us to keep focus. I will call you.” Else Smith explains the meaning of this last part: ”He is saying: We are actually in control, and have a lot of things going on. There are a lot of things that must be done correctly professionally. And he appeals to that there aren’t initiated more things, just because a minister gets an idea. He fights back." The full story can be read in Danish here.

  • The EU wants to find more money to develop a corona-vaccine. They are therefore launching a new campaign together with the organisation Global Citizens called “Global Goal: Unite for our future” as a part of the funding-marathon that was launched the 4th of May. Lady Gaga, Hugh Jackman, Miley Cyrus and other artists have announced that they will be part of the campaign, which will run until a larger event on the 27th of June. Denmark donated 50 million euro, or 373 million kroner, to the first event on the 4th of May.

  • The digital solution to track the amount of Danes who have, or have had, symptoms of coronavirus, the COVIDmeter, has now announced the first results. They show that the number of people showing symptoms has dropped from 1.3 % the first week at the end of March to 0.25 % currently. Every week are roughly 120.000 citizens reporting whether they have had symptoms of coronavirus on the platform.

  • The police of Southern Jutland is now removing nine hotspot areas from the list:

  1. The artifical football fields, Gl. Vardevej 82, (just across Blue Water Arena) Esbjerg

  2. Game Streetmekka, Nørrebrogade 1C, Esbjerg

  3. The beach promenade at Cafe Stryhns, Strandpromenaden 9, Esbjerg

  4. The area around the sculpture ”Man by the Sea”, Sædding Strandvej, Esbjerg

  5. Varbergparken, Varbergvej, Haderslev

  6. Streetdome, Christian X’s Vej 41, Haderslev

  7. Vedels Anlæg, Odins Plads 1, Ribe

  8. The area east of Sønderborg Slot, Strandvejen, Sønderborg

  9. Lakolk Butikscenter, Lakolk Butikscenter 7, Rømø

HEALTH-RELATED INFORMATION

  • 11.512 have tested positive, 32 more than yesterday (Expect large dark numbers since we haven't been testing everyone with symptoms from the start, ed.).

  • 110 are hospitalised with corona-virus, 3 more than yesterday.

  • Of those 110 are 20 in intensive care, 2 fewer than yesterday.

  • Of those 20 are 11 in respirators, the same as yesterday.

  • 568 Corona-infected residents in Denmark have died, 3 more than yesterday.

  • 484.482 have been tested for corona-virus (+4.243) with 11.512 positives (2.38 % positives), a drop of 0.01 %-point from yesterday (We are testing more, so we are getting closer to the real percentage of infected people in the society)

  • 10.180 are reported as healthy again, after having been hospitalised with corona-virus, 74 more than yesterday.

  • 24 out of the 565 cases of death with coronavirus in Denmark have died without suffering from a chronic disease before the epidemic. Of those have only 7 been younger than 70, and not a single one has been younger than 60. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that these people haven’t had a chronic disease. They can have had it, without having been treated in the hospital system. The SSI is behind these numbers, and they also inform that even people up to 80 years of age have had a high survival rate if they haven’t been suffering from one or more chronic diseases before the epidemic.

OTHER INFORMATION

  • Mouth protection might become obligatory in Danish airports. The Danish aviation industry is about to implement new rules with the aim of reducing the risk of infection, based on recommendations from the European aviation agency EASA, who recommend extra cleaning, massive amounts of signs, hygiene information – and mouth protection.

  • The parking guards of Copenhagen have returned. From the 12th of March until the end of April there wasn’t given a single fee, parking guards were assisting the police by showing the citizens how to get around the city in a way, so the various recommendations by the authorities were respected. But now, since the end of April, have 448 parking fees been given.



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