Denmark cancels most COVID-19 restrictions

Sren Brostrm, the chairman of the Danish Health Authority, told Danish network TV2 that the number of patients in ICUs was more crucial to him than the number of illnesses.

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Denmark became one of the first European Union countries to lift most pandemic restrictions on Tuesday, declaring that the COVID-19 epidemic is no longer a socially urgent illness.

The reason for this is that, while the omicron variant is on the increase in Denmark, it isn’t having a detrimental effect on the health system, according to officials, and the country has a high immunization rate.

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen stated to Danish radio that it is too early to say if the measures would need to be reinstated.

According to Mette, she stated

I dare not say that it is a final goodbye to restrictions. We do not know what will happen in the fall, whether there will be a new variant.

Over the last few weeks, Denmark, a country of 5.8 million people, has experienced an average of more than 50,000 daily covid-19 infections, but the number of individuals hospitalized patients has decreased.

Other EU countries are modifying their regulations as well. Most of the regulations in Ireland have been relaxed, and the Netherlands has been loosening its limits as well, but Dutch pubs and restaurants must still close their doors at 10 p.m.

Sren Brostrm, the chairman of the Danish Health Authority, told Danish network TV2 that the number of patients in ICUs was more crucial to him than the number of illnesses.

He said the rate had “decreased and dropped” and is now very insignificant.  According to him, 32 coronavirus individuals are in intensive care units. It was up to 80 a few weeks ago.

The most noticeable constraint is the need of wearing face masks on public transit, in stores, and for standing customers in restaurant interior spaces.

Masks can only be used in hospitals, health care institutions, and nursing homes, according to authorities.

The digital permit that was once essential to obtain access to nightclubs, cafés, party buses, and to be seated indoors in eateries is no longer a requirement.

Last Monday, Health Minister, Magnus Heunicke encouraged Danes to be checked on a regular basis so that the government can respond fast if required.

According to official estimates, over 60% of Denmark’s population over the age of 12 has received the third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Danish government has cautioned that a spike in illnesses is possible in the following weeks and that a fourth immunization injection may be required.

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