PERSONAL NOTICE - PLEASE READ THIS!
As many of you may know, I have gotten a job in the Danish Business Authority as an administrative employee on the compensation scheme for self-employed and freelancers. As a consequence of the recent announcements regarding the compensation schemes and their administration, we are currently working far beyond a normal working week. I have so far worked 100 hours in two weeks, and we are getting even busier the next coming days. Companies are suffering, and we have to try and help them by working an extensive amount of hours right now.
As a result, the daily summaries will, until further notice comes from me, be shorter. It may also be possible that the summary may be skipped a day or two if I am too busy.
I will attempt to gather together many of the smaller 'non-important' events and announcements and put them out when I have more free time on my hands.
Your support and love mean the world to me, and serving you and the Danish companies make me so happy. For now, I have to prioritize the companies more, but I will hopefully return with full in-depth summaries again at some point. I hope you will all understand this prioritisation. I am truly sorry for any inconvenience this causes you!
With love, and with the hope that you ALL stay safe,
NB: If any of you knows someone who speaks, understand and write fluent Danish and English, and who wants to help every other day, or perhaps just Saturday or Sunday, with making these summaries, it would be very much appreciated. I could really use the free time. The person would be put into the "Who am I" section as well. Contact me here or through Facebook if you know someone.
A new test strategy is on the way in Denmark, where even people without symptoms can be tested. The strategy also involves that corona-infected must isolate themselves, and are responsible for tracking down and informing those they have been in close contact with, so they can be tested as well.
The Prime Minister has a focus on five variables, that are essential to be able to reopen Denmark: tracking of infection, protective equipment, social distance, preventing super-infection spreading, and personal hygiene. This was clarified in today's parliamentary questioning session with various ministers and the political parties.
Phase two will be launched after the 10th of May, and the precise content will be defined by the parties of the Parliament next week, said the Prime Minister.
Non-westerners in the Danish job market are hit twice as hard as the Danes as a result of the corona-crisis, with 5.7 % of this group being unemployed as a direct result of the crisis, compared to 2.6 % of the Danes.
Denmark is now well-stocked again on protective equipment, says the Chairman of the Danish Regions (Danske Regioner), Stephanie Lose.
POLITICS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
The Danish Business Authority will now payout salary compensation and compensation to independents and freelancers before the applications have been processed. The expectation is that nine out of ten can now get their salary compensation within the 1st of May. "So far we have processed more than 20.000 applications, and on average paid out more than 100 million kroner per day, since the first salary compensation was paid out. Now we are putting in a finishing sprint, which makes us expect that nine out of ten companies will be paid out the salary compensation within the 1st of May," says the Minister of Business, Simon Kollerup. This new procedure will be in effect for applications that were received before the 28th of April. Applications received after this date will be processed the way it was done until now. The Authority will only control for technical mistakes and those companies that have a high-risk evaluation. The rest will not be pre-controlled. There will be an after-control of the paid out compensations, and heightened punishments have been put into effect if the companies are committing fraud with the applications.
The Prime Minister has a focus on five variables, that are essential to be able to reopen Denmark: tracking of infection, protective equipment, social distance, preventing superinfection spreading, and personal hygiene. This was clarified in today's parliamentary questioning session with various ministers and the political parties.
The Prime Minister also said that Denmark has succeeded with the difficult strategy during the first phase of the reopening. Phase two will be launched after the 10th of May, and the precise content will be defined by the parties of the Parliament in next week, she said.
The Minister of Business, Simon Kollerup, now responds to the criticism regarding the minister's criticism of the reopening of IKEA: "I have no need or desire to shame anyone. I don't have a need as the Minister of Business to be one, who shames. But it is obvious, that when the government wants to make a careful, controlled reopening of Denmark, then it also has to be made in a coordinated fashion," he says.
9.008 have tested positive, 157 more than yesterday (Expect large dark numbers due to that we haven't been testing everyone with symptoms from the start, ed.).
267 are hospitalized, 14 less than yesterday.
Of those 267, 66 are in intensive care, the same as yesterday.
Of those 66, 50 are in respirators, the same as yesterday.
443 Corona-infected Danes have died, 9 more than yesterday.
180.062 have been tested for corona-virus, with 9.008 positives (5.0 % positives), a drop of 0.30 % from yesterday (We are testing more, so we are also finding more non-infected, ed.)
6.121 are reported as healthy again, after having been hospitalized with corona-virus, the same as yesterday.
A new test strategy is on the way in Denmark, where even people without symptoms can be tested. The strategy also involves that corona-infected must isolate themselves, and are responsible for tracking down and inform those they have been in close contact with, so they can be tested as well: "We are working with making the citizens responsible. We cannot do the same as last time (where we had an active tracking of infection, ed.), where doctors from the Agency for Patient Safety tracked down all the many contacts of the patients. This is an impossible task since we are testing far, far more now. I expect that we can soon offer close-contacts to be tested three times - on day 4, 6 and 8 - after the close contact with the patient. We have to control the infection spread without isolating everybody. With this strategy Denmark will become first movers," says Søren Brostrøm, Director of the Danish Health Authority. The strategy is expected to be put into action within one to two weeks.
Denmark is now well-stocked again on protective equipment, says the Chairman of the Danish Regions (Danske Regioner), Stephanie Lose. The organisation has today counted up the stocks, and the situation is positive, she says: "(the stock) is still increasing. That is happening in a situation, where we are not only seeing an epidemic, but also a society that is generally opening up more."
Denmark has bought antibody tests of the mark Livzon for an amount of 60 million kroner, which the Danes will soon be able to take. However, India calls the tests 'unreliable'. The Indian health authorities have decided to completely drop Livzon, and are recommending all Indian states to return the purchased antibody tests to China.
Italy has decided not to accept the offer from Denmark about respirators. A decision regarding the field hospital has not been made yet. The decision has been given verbally, while the Danish Ministry of Defence is working on receiving the answer in writing, says the Minister of Defence, Trine Bramsen.
Dentists have been reported for lack of proper corona-protection. The clinical assistants are several places working without sufficient protective equipment, and facial masks and one-time smocks are being reused on several patients, which goes against the rules. The worker's union HK Privat has now reported six dental clinics to the Work Environment in Denmark (Arbejdstilsynet), and more reports are on the way.
A new analysis from the Economic Council of the Labour Movement (Arbejderbevægelsens Erhvervsråd) shows that non-westerners in the Danish job market are hit twice as hard as the Danes as a result of the corona-crisis. In the period of the 9th of March to the 19th of April this year, 12.000 non-western immigrants and descendants have reported themselves unemployed, corresponding to 5.7 of those who were working in this group. In comparison, 2.6 % of the Danes have lost their jobs.
Region Hovedstaden and SAS are negotiating a deal, where 200 fired employees from SAS will be loaned out to the Region on six months furlough. The employees will have to solve administrative tasks in the white corona-test centres in Copenhagen.
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