Wednesday, September 15, 2021

All Covid restrictions dropped in Denmark

Denmark becomes only European country with no COVID curbs | Al Jazeera:

September 10, 2021 - "Denmark has become the only European country with no coronavirus-related restrictions in place, as vaccine rates have reached more than 70 percent of the population. The return to normality has been gradual, but as of Friday, the digital pass – proof of having been vaccinated – is no longer required when entering nightclubs, making it the last COVID-19 safeguard to fall.... In June, Iceland had also lifted all its COVID-19 measures – only to reimpose them after cases spiked again.

"Denmark introduced COVID-19 passports in March 2021 as part of a gradual easing of rules. On August 1, it lifted the COVID pass requirement at museums and indoor events with fewer than 500 people, before ditching it for major events, while masks have not been required on public transport since mid-August. On Saturday, a sold-out concert in the capital, Copenhagen, will welcome 50,000 people, a first in Europe.

"Danish authorities insist the virus is under control, with about 500 daily cases and a reproduction rate of 0.7. Vaccines have been swiftly rolled out, with 73 percent of the 5.8 million population fully vaccinated, and 96 percent of those 65 and older.

"However, optimism was tempered on Friday as the World Health Organization’s (WHO) director for Europe warned that vaccines were not likely to end the pandemic for good. Instead, jabs will help prevent serious disease and death, though the virus is likely to be around for years to come as it mutates, Hans Kluge told reporters in Copenhagen....

"Denmark made third doses available to vulnerable groups as of Thursday, and Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said vaccines played an important role in helping the country return to normal. But he struck a cautious note. 'Daily life is basically back to normal, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be any danger down the road,' Heunicke said on Friday. 'The virus has mutated several times, so I can’t make any guarantees. But with this many people vaccinated, we are well set,' he told Danish television TV2."

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