Denmark officially lifts all COVID-19 restrictions, says the virus is under control

Denmark on September 10 removed the rule on the use of vaccine passports in nightclubs, ending its last COVID-19 restriction measure, AFP reported.

The vaccine passport was introduced in March 2021 as Copenhagen began easing COVID-19 restrictions. These passports were abolished at all locations on September 1, except for nightclubs. But as of today, September 10, Danes who go to nightclubs do not need to present a vaccine passport anymore.

In Denmark these days, it is no longer the sight of people wearing masks when going out. The offices are also bustling again when welcoming employees to work, music programs are held with the participation of tens of thousands of people.

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Danes who go to nightclubs no longer need to present a vaccine passport. (Illustration)

“We’re definitely ahead because we don’t have any restrictions and we’re on the other side of the spectrum now,” said Ulrik Orum-Petersen, a promotion specialist at events company Live Nation. epidemic thanks to the implementation of vaccination”.

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Tomorrow, September 11, a sold-out concert in Copenhagen will welcome 50,000 people. This is the first time that an event of this size has been held in Europe since the pandemic hit. On September 4, Live Nation held its first outdoor festival, named “Back to Live”, bringing together 15,000 people in Copenhagen.

Emilie Bendix, 26, a participant on the 4/9 program, said: “Being in the crowd, singing like before, it almost made me forget COVID-19 and all that we are. I’ve been through the past few months.”

THE SECRET OF SUCCESS

Denmark’s vaccination campaign has been swift. Currently 73% of the 5.8 million population is fully vaccinated. The figure for people 65 and older is 96%.

Denmark’s epidemiologist Lone Simonsen told AFP: “We are aiming for free movement… What will happen now is that the virus will circulate and it will find people who are not vaccinated.” .

Dr Simonsen, who works at Roskilde University, said: “Now the virus is no longer a social threat, thanks to a vaccine.”

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A bar in Copenhagen September 2021. Photo: AFP.

According to the World Health Organization, Denmark has been able to do this thanks to people’s adherence to the government’s COVID-19 guidelines and strategies.

“Like many countries, throughout the duration of the pandemic, Denmark has implemented public health and social measures to reduce transmission. However, at the same time, the country is also very dependent on it. from voluntary compliance by individuals and communities,” said Dr Catherine Smallwood, WHO Europe official.

CANNOT be subjective

With around 500 cases of COVID-19 a day, Danish authorities say they have the virus under control.

However, Danish Health Minister Magnus Heunicke pledged that the government would not hesitate to quickly introduce restrictions if necessary. Authorities stressed that a return to normal life must go hand in hand with strict disinfection measures and the isolation of those who are sick.

WHO still considers the global epidemic situation to be serious and has recommended caution.

“Every country needs to stay alert as the epidemiological situation changes,” said WHO’s Dr Smallwood.

Denmark says it will closely monitor the number of hospitalizations – currently just under 130 – and conduct meticulous gene sequencing to track the virus.

A third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine has also been given to high-risk groups in Denmark since September 9. Dr Simonsen said vaccines to date have provided immunity against variants “but if resistant variants emerge, we will have to rethink our strategy”.

Christian Nedergaard, owner of several restaurants and pubs in Copenhagen, said while everyone was happy that life was back to normal, “the situation is still complicated”.

“The memory of the coronavirus will fade very quickly in the minds of some but not everyone, and for restaurants, this period is certainly decisive,” he said. This industry needs to think about how to become more agile.”

Visitors entering Denmark are still required to present a passport for vaccines or to test negative for COVID-19. In addition, wearing a mask is mandatory at airports.

Source: AFP

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