Denmark extends mandatory face mask order to public transport in six municipalities

Denmark extends mandatory face mask order to public transport in six municipalities
The Danish government holds a coronavirus press briefing on August 10th. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix
People in Aarhus, Silkeborg, Odder, Horsens, Skanderborg and Favrskov are required to wear face masks on buses and trains as of Tuesday.

The expansion of the measure, which initially only applied to Aarhus, was confirmed by the transport ministry to news agency Ritzau.

At a press briefing, health minister Magnus Heunicke cited central Jutland town Silkeborg as an area now also on health authorities’ radar after 42 new cases of coronavirus were detected there during the last week.

Seven municipalities in Denmark now have Covid-19 cumulative numbers for the last week above the 20 per 100,000 resident-threshold used by authorities to determine whether to advise against travel abroad. It should be noted that figures used in travel guidelines are two-week cumulative totals, rather than one-week.

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The seven are not the same municipalities encompassed by the expanded face mask order, all of which are located close to Aarhus.

The seven municipalities with the highest current infection numbers are Aarhus (104.9 infections per 100,000 residents), Ringsted (77.5), Silkeborg (44.7), Glostrup (34.6), Nyborg (31.2), Solrød (30.1) and Sorø (20.1). Jutland, Funen and Zealand are all represented on this list.

 

Copenhagen is currently at 11.4 infections per 100,000 residents and Odense is at 6.3, according to the municipal breakdown published by DR.

The spike in Silkeborg is itself limited and “with high likelihood” connected to the Aarhus outbreak, director Anne Lykke Petri of national infectious disease institute SSI said at a government briefing on Monday.

“In Silkeborg (the outbreak) is limited, in Aarhus it is spread across the municipality. It has emerged at private parties, workplaces and so on,” Petri said.

The situation in Aarhus, which contributed 40 of the 76 new cases of Covid-19 reported in Denmark Monday, continues to be the most concerning for authorities.

“The virus is now on the move again in our society,” Heunicke said.

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