Denmark lifts all Covid-19 restrictions

Denmark drops the requirement to present a “Covid-19 green card” when visiting a nightclub, ending the last anti-epidemic restriction measure in the country.

Danish authorities from today will no longer require nightclubs to force customers to present Coronapass, a kind of “Covid-19 green card” proving that the user has received the vaccine, or has recovered from Covid-19 from Covid-19. in the past two to 12 weeks, or have tested negative for nCoV within the previous 72 hours.

Coronapass has been applied by Denmark since March, when the country slowly eased restrictions to prevent Covid-19. As vaccination rates have increased, Denmark has lifted most restrictions such as wearing a mask or maintaining social distance and does not require the presentation of Coronapass in most public places.

The removal of the requirement to present Coronapass at nightclubs marks the time when all anti-epidemic measures in Denmark have been lifted, when the country determined that Covid-19 was “no longer a social threat” thanks to the regulation. wide vaccination.

However, foreigners coming to Denmark are still required to present a vaccine passport or have a negative PCR test for nCoV, and maintain the mandatory mask wearing requirement at airports.

Denmark’s vaccination program is rapid, with 73% of the population of 5.8 million and 96% of people 65 years of age and older having had the full course of vaccinations. “We are moving towards freedom of movement. The virus will continue to spread and it will threaten those who have not been vaccinated,” said epidemiologist Lone Simonsen. “Thanks to the vaccine, nCoV is no longer a social threat.”

Danish health workers prepare Covid-19 vaccines at a vaccination site in the town of Frederikshavn on April 12.  Photo: Reuters.

Danish health workers prepare Covid-19 vaccines at a vaccination site in the town of Frederikshavn on April 12. Photo: Reuters.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said Denmark benefits from the public’s compliance with the government’s recommendations and the Covid-19 response strategy adopted by the country. Catherine Smallwood, a WHO European official, said that Denmark has taken comprehensive public health and social measures to reduce infection.

With about 500 new infections a day, Danish officials insist they have Covid-19 under control. However, Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said the Danish government would not hesitate to re-impose restrictions if needed.

Danish officials emphasized that returning to normal life must go hand in hand with strict epidemiological measures and isolation of infected people. WHO still considers the global Covid-19 situation as serious and recommends countries to be cautious. “Every country needs to be vigilant as the epidemiological situation changes,” Smallwood said.

Denmark said it will closely monitor about 130 hospitalized infections and sequence genes to track the virus. Denmark also implemented booster shots of the vaccine for high-risk groups from September 9. Epidemiologist Simonsen said Denmark will rethink its anti-Covid-19 strategy if there is a nCoV variant that avoids the vaccine.

Nguyen Tien (Follow AFP)

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