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Don’t go trick or treating on Halloween this year, says Danish health service

The Danish Health Authority (Sundhedsstyrelsen) has warned against traditional Halloween celebrations this year due to concerns over spreading coronavirus.

Don't go trick or treating on Halloween this year, says Danish health service
Halloween in Denmark in 2019. Photo: Ida Guldbæk Arentsen/Ritzau Scanpix

Fancy dress parties and knocking on doors to ask for treats have potential to transmit virus infection, the authority writes on its website.

“At Halloween and other autumn events, you should find alternative events to torch processions, fancy dress parties and trick-or-treating, as these are activities that can be linked to transmission of infection,” the statement reads.

As an alternative to the October 31st traditions, the health authority suggests parents organise smaller Halloween parties for smaller groups of children who are in regular contact.

Hollowing out pumpkins is still an acceptable activity according to the recommendation, as is treasure hunting or arts and crafts.

If you really want to give out sweets or candy, this should be done in pre-prepared portions.

Celebrations should take place outside if the weather is good enough, but larger groups should not gather. Denmark currently has a maximum assembly number of 50.

READ ALSO: Early closing times nationwide: These are Denmark’s new Covid-19 measures

“We are in the middle of an epidemic in which we must do things a little differently than usual. That means planning autumn holidays a little differently than we are used to to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection,” Health Authority deputy director Helene Probst said in regard to general activities this autumn.

“That’s why it might be a good idea to stay with people close do you and do fun things at home like jigsaw puzzles or playing conkers. If the weather is good enough, go outdoors, take a walk in the forest or find an outdoor activity at a local museum,” Probst said in the statement.

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IN NUMBERS: Has the Omicron Covid-19 wave peaked in Denmark?

The number of new Covid-19 infections fell on Saturday for the second day in a row, following a three-day plateau at the start of last week. Has the omicron wave peaked?

IN NUMBERS: Has the Omicron Covid-19 wave peaked in Denmark?
Graffiti in the Copenhagen hippy enclave of Christiania complaining of Omicron's impact on Christmas. Photo: Philip Davali/Scanpix

How many cases, hospitalisations and deaths are there in Denmark? 

Denmark registered 12,588 new cases in the 24 hours leading up to 2pm on Saturday, down from the 18,261 registered on in the day leading up to Friday at 2pm, which was itself a decline from the record 28,283 cases recorded on Wednesday. 

The cases were identified by a total of 174,517 PCR tests, bringing the positive percentage to 7.21 percent, down from the sky high rates of close to 12 percent seen in the first few days of January. 

The number of cases over the past seven days is lower than the week before in almost every municipality in Denmark, with only Vallensbæk, Aarhus, Holseterbro, Skanderborg, Hjørring, Vordingborg,  Ringkøbing, Kolding, Assens, Horsens, Thisted, and Langeland reporting rises. 

Hospitalisations have also started to fall, with some 730 patients being treated for Covid-10 on Saturday, down from 755 on Friday. On Tuesday, 794 were being treated for Covid-19 in Danish hospitals, the highest number since the peak of the 2020-21 winter wave.

The only marker which has not yet started to fall is the number of deaths, which tends to trail infections and hospitalisations. 

In the 24 hours leading up to 2pm on Saturday, Denmark registered 28 deaths with Covid-19, the highest daily number recorded since 20 January 2021, when 29 people died with Covid-19 (although Denmark’s deadliest day was the 19 January 2021, when 39 people died). 

How does Denmark compare to other countries in Europe? 

Over the last seven days, Denmark has had the highest Covid-19 case rate of any country in Europe bar Ireland. The number of new infections in the country has climbed steadily since the start of December, apart from a brief fall over Christmas. 

So does this mean the omicron wave has peaked? 

Maybe, although experts are not sure. 

“Of course, you can hope for that, but I’m not sure that is the case,” said Christian Wejse, head of the Department for Infectious Diseases at Aarhus University Hospital. “I think it is too early to conclude that the epidemic has peaked.”

He said that patients with the Omicron variant were being discharged more rapidly on average than had been the case with those who had the more dangerous Delta variant. 

“Many admissions are relatively short-lived, thankfully. This is because many do not become that il, and are largely hospitalized because they are suffering with something else. And if they are stable and do not need oxygen, then they are quickly discharged again.” 

Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said during a visit to an event held by the Social Liberal party that the latest numbers made her even more optimistic about the coming month. 

“We have lower infection numbers and the number of hospitalisations is also plateauing,” she said. “I think we’re going to get through this winter pretty well, even if it will be a difficult time for a lot of people, and we are beginning to see the spring ahead of us, so I’m actually very optimistic.” 

She said that she had been encouraged by the fact that Omicron was a “visibly less dangerous variant if it is not allowed to explode.” 

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