Denmark urges concertgoers to take Covid-19 tests after Omicron case

A suspected infection with the Omicron variant of Covid-19 after a concert by Danish DJ Martin Jensen has now been confirmed.

Danish DJ Martin Jensen plays at the Aalborg Congress and Culture Centre on a separate occasion April 2021. A
Danish DJ Martin Jensen plays at the Aalborg Congress and Culture Centre at a separate event April 2021. A File photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

People who went to the concert, which took place on Saturday at the Aalborg Congress and Culture Centre (AKKC), are urged to seek a test for Covid-19 as soon as possible.

The infection was confirmed to broadcaster DR by the Danish Patient Safety Authority.

“The person in question was yesterday [Tuesday, ed.] confirmed as infected with Omicron,” the authority’s deputy director Birgitte Drewes told DR.

“The most important thing is for people to be tested as soon as possible today and again in two days’ time, and they should be particularly wary of symptoms. And if they have symptoms, they should isolate and get a PCR test,” Drewes said.

The Aalborg concert venue also asked everyone who went to the concert to take a Covid test on Wednesday and Friday.

Around 2,000 people attended the event.

Jensen wrote on his Instagram account that “deeply” hopes the infected person gets well soon.

“I have complete confidence that AKKC fulfilled all requirements for safety, checks of vaccine passes and so on. So it’s very regrettable that an infection happened anyway,” the DJ wrote.

“Safety is the biggest priority for me and my team and I will follow this matter closely in the coming days,” he said via an Instagram story.

Jensen has a global following on the electronic music scene and is also known in Denmark for being a judge on the Danish edition of popular TV show X Factor.

The Danish Health Authority has issued tighter guidelines for contact tracing in cases of suspected Omicron Covid-19 infection.

According to the recommendations for the variant, close contacts to the confirmed case, and close contacts of the close contacts (also known as the tredje led or “third link”), should isolate and take PCR tests on days 1, 4 and 6 after the suspected exposure.

Two Covid-19 cases in Denmark were on Tuesday confirmed as caused by the new Omicron variant, the national infectious disease agency SSI said.

The new cases bring the total number of incidences of the variant in Denmark to at least four, with several more still under investigation.

All cases so far are connected to travel to South Africa, the country which first detected and raised the alarm over the variant last week.

READ ALSO: Denmark does not rule out new travel restrictions after Omicron variant detected

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Covid face mask rule on flights in Europe set to be eased

The mandatory EU-wide mask requirement for air travel is set to be dropped from Monday, May 16th, but airlines may still require passengers to wear masks on some or all flights

Covid face mask rule on flights in Europe set to be eased

Europe-wide facemask rules on flights are set to be ditched as early as next week in light of new recommendations from health and air safety experts.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) dropped recommendations for mandatory mask-wearing in airports and during flights in updated Covid-19 safety measures for travel issued on Wednesday, May 11th.

The new rules are expected to be rolled out from Monday, May 16th, but airlines may still continue to require the wearing of masks on some or all of flights. And the updated health safety measures still say that wearing a face mask remains one of the best ways to protect against the transmission of the virus.

The joint EASA/ECDC statement reminded travellers that masks may still be required on flights to destinations in certain countries that still require the wearing of masks on public transport and in transport hubs.

It also recommends that vulnerable passengers should continue to wear a face mask regardless of the rules, ideally an FFP2/N95/KN95 type mask which offers a higher level of protection than a standard surgical mask.

“From next week, face masks will no longer need to be mandatory in air travel in all cases, broadly aligning with the changing requirements of national authorities across Europe for public transport,” EASA executive director Patrick Ky said in the statement. 

“For passengers and air crews, this is a big step forward in the normalisation of air travel. Passengers should however behave responsibly and respect the choices of others around them. And a passenger who is coughing and sneezing should strongly consider wearing a face mask, for the reassurance of those seated nearby.”  

ECDC director Andrea Ammon added: “The development and continuous updates to the Aviation Health Safety Protocol in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic have given travellers and aviation personnel better knowledge of the risks of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and its variants. 

“While risks do remain, we have seen that non-pharmaceutical interventions and vaccines have allowed our lives to begin to return to normal. 

“While mandatory mask-wearing in all situations is no longer recommended, it is important to be mindful that together with physical distancing and good hand hygiene it is one of the best methods of reducing transmission. 

“The rules and requirements of departure and destination states should be respected and applied consistently, and travel operators should take care to inform passengers of any required measures in a timely manner.”