Danish government updates northern Italy travel advice

Danish government updates northern Italy travel advice
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Denmark’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has officially advised against all travel to six regions in Northern Italy.

Editor's note: information in this article relating to coronavirus infection numbers in Denmark is now out of date. You can read the latest update from March 9th here or check our paywall-free information article, which will be updated regularly.

 

Denmark has updated its official advice for travel to Italy after the latest coronavirus figures were posted by the Danish Patient Safety Authority on its website on Sunday, showing 35 infections.

The figure stood at 23 on Friday and 27 on Saturday.

On Friday, the government asked all events in March with attendances over 1,000 to be cancelled, in a measure aimed at restricting the spread of the virus in Denmark.

READ ALSO: Why Denmark is cancelling concerts in response to coronavirus

An additional 628 people are currently quarantined in Denmark, according to the Danish Patient Safety Authority’s latest update.

People placed in home quarantine are generally considered to be healthy until proven otherwise.

Earlier on Sunday, it emerged that a patient at North Zealand Hospital in Hillerød had been infected with coronavirus after being referred to the hospital by his own doctor with symptoms of pneumonia. The patient's stay in the hospital has resulted in nine employees at the hospital being placed in home quarantine. Among them are nurses, two doctors, a secretary and a bioanalyst.

Health authorities in Denmark and elsewhere are worried about potentially infected people turning up at hospitals and passing on the virus.

Therefore, you should always start by contacting your doctor by telephone. Remember to state that you have been in an area of infection, if this is the case.

You can read more about symptoms and who to contact in our paywall-free information article.

Although the number of infected people in Denmark is steadily increasing, the situation in the country remains less serious than in other parts of Europe.

Many of the cases in Denmark can be traced back to northern Italy, the country in Europe most severely hit by coronavirus.

In the early hours of Sunday morning, the Italian government approved a new emergency decree which included placing some 15 million people living in northern Italy inside a new “quarantine” zone.

With more than 360 fatalities and 7,000 confirmed cases, Italy is by far the worst-affected country in Europe.

READ ALSO: Coronavirus: What you need to know about the new quarantine measures in northern Italy

Denmark’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has responded to the situation in Italy by officially advising against all travel to six regions in Northern Italy: Piedmont, Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Valle d’Aosta, Veneto and Marche.

That is an escalation of the ministry’s previous travel advice to Italy, which had been to advise against non-essential trips only.

You can keep up to date with the Danish foreign ministry’s travel advice relating to Italy and all other countries via the ministry’s website.


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