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Summary, 29.03.2020 – Press conference with the Prime Minister, and other news

Updated: Mar 31


Today the Prime Minister had a very brief press conference. However, it wasn’t exactly a very useful one, since no new information came out.


TODAY'S BULLETS

  1. There’s reason for cautious optimism in the fight against the Coronavirus, based on the Danish numbers. The Parliament’s initiatives seem to be working, but a bit more time is needed before anything conclusive can be said.

  2. The government and business representatives have begun discussion on how to open Denmark again on the other side of the crisis.

  3. It will be very important to stimulate the demand here at home since Danish companies have difficulties exporting their goods.

  4. The Danish Medicine Agency has received more than 1.000 approaches and donations last week on www.danmarkhjælperdanmark.dk, where people have donated hand sanitizers and protective equipment.

  5. There has been an increase in the amount of infected, hospitalized, in intensive care and deaths. So far, the numbers are growing less quickly than feared!


Foto: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix

PRESS CONFERENCE WITH THE PRIME MINISTER


PRESENT

  • Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen

SUMMARY

  • There’s reason for cautious optimism in the fight against the Coronavirus, based on the Danish numbers. The Parliament’s initiatives seem to be working, but a bit more time is needed before anything conclusive can be said.

  • The government as well as representatives from the Danish business community, workers’ unions and large companies, all agreed to begin discussions on how to eventually open up Denmark again, at a videoconference earlier today.

  • It will be very important to stimulate the demand here at home since Danish companies have difficulties exporting their goods.

  • The support-packages needs time to work, but if they prove to be insufficient, the government won’t be afraid of looking at further initiatives.



HEALTH


  • 2.395 have tested positive, 194 more than yesterday.

  • 499 are hospitalised, 40 more than yesterday.

  • Of those 499, 131 are in intensive care, 10 more than yesterday.

  • Of those 131, 113 are in respirators, 9 more than yesterday.

  • 72 Corona-infected Danes have died, 9 more than yesterday.

  • The Danish Serum Institute has made a procedure-change in the way it counts people who have died with Corona. Previously, a person who had been infected with Corona, and died within 60 days, would count as dead with Corona. Now, the limit has been lowered to 30 days. No changes in the death toll due to this procedure-change.

  • Fertility clinics are shutting down due to the risk of infection, and to make the staff able to work other places in the healthcare system. This will lead to a prolonged waiting for fertility treatments.


OTHER NEWS


  • The Danish police see an escalation in conflicts between gangs as a likely consequence of the temporary border shutdowns. It will create a fight about the drug market. “The Coronavirus-disease COVID-19 must be expected to have an influence on the smuggling in and distribution of drugs in Denmark, and indirectly therefore also on the accessibility and price of drugs in the country.”

  • The Danish Police experiences fewer approaches regarding violations of the ban on public gatherings larger than 10 people.

  • 19 Danes who were stranded in Cuba, Honduras and Mexico, have landed in Stockholm this morning and is on their way home.

  • Your clothes can carry the virus. If one in your household is sick, you should wash your clothes at minimum 60 degrees, and use a correct amount of detergent, to minimize the risk of spreading the virus (in Danish: https://www.tvmidtvest.dk/tv2-oestjylland/saebe-og-varme-saadan-draeber-du-coronavirus-i-toejet).

  • The Danish Medicine Agency has received more than 1.000 approaches and donations last week on www.danmarkhjælperdanmark.dk, where people have donated hand sanitizers and protective equipment.

  • Joy Mogensen, Minister for Culture, and a majority of the Parliament has given the Danish animal parks a support-package of another 48 million kroner. This way, they won’t have to put down their animals to get through this crisis economically.


Consider giving a little support to your hairdresser

A little side note.


Søren Brostrøm, the Director of the Danish Health Authorities, did his own haircut today – terribly. As a little token of appreciation and support to his hairdresser, he transferred the usual amount for a haircut to the hairdresser through MobilePay.


Perhaps we should all consider supporting those, who cannot deliver a service, but still needs an income? The money would be used anyway, wouldn't it?









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