Denmark on Tuesday became one of the first EU countries to lift most pandemic restrictions as the Scandinavian country no longer considers the COVID-19 outbreak a “socially serious disease”.
This is because the Omicron variant is on the rise in Denmark, but it is not putting a heavy burden on the health system and the country has a high vaccination rate, officials have said. Denmark has seen an average of more than 50,000 daily cases in recent weeks, while the number of people in hospital intensive care units has declined. The head of the Danish Health Authority, Soren Brostrom, told Danish broadcaster TV2 that his focus was on the number of people in the ICU rather than the number of infections. He said the number “has fallen and fallen and is incredibly low.” He said that 32 patients of coronavirus are in ICU. Several weeks ago, it was at 80.
Mette Fredriksen, Prime Minister, Denmark
The most visible restriction that is missing is the wearing of face masks, which are no longer mandatory for customers standing on public transport, indoor areas of shops and restaurants. Officials recommend the use of masks only in hospitals, health care facilities and nursing homes.
Another restriction that is no longer needed is the digital pass used to enter nightclubs, cafes, party buses and sit indoors at restaurants.
“I dare not say that this is the final goodbye to sanctions. We do not know what will happen of the collapse. Will there be a new version,” Prime Minister Mette Fredriksson told Danish radio.
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