SHARE
COPY LINK

COVID-19

What new Covid-19 restrictions could Denmark introduce?

Denmark’s Epidemic Commission is reported to be considering further measures to restrict Covid-19 transmission and parliamentary representatives are scheduled to meet on Friday.

Denmark used assembly limits during Covid-19 lockdowns and restrictions in earlier phases of the pandemic but has refrained from reintroducing them in the current wave.
Denmark used assembly limits during Covid-19 lockdowns and restrictions in earlier phases of the pandemic but has refrained from reintroducing them in the current wave. File photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

The Epidemic Commission, the independent advisory board which advises the government on Covid-19 restrictions, is considering whether new measures are necessary as case numbers continue to escalate, broadcaster DR reported on Wednesday evening.

The daily record for new cases has been broken frequently during the last two weeks, most recently on Wednesday with 8,773 new cases registered.

Health Minister Magnus Heunicke, who has confirmed Commission talks are ongoing, said in a written comment to DR that experts and two of the government’s allied parliamentary parties already support new measures.

“The number of confirmed cases of the more transmissible Omicron variant is doubling roughly every other day while we also have record high infection numbers,” Heunicke said.

The number of cases of the Omicron variant increased by 1,512 on Wednesday to reach a running total of 6,047.

Health spokespersons from the various parliamentary parties have been summoned to a meeting on Friday morning for the purposes of “orientation” on the Covid-19 situation, news wire Ritzau reports.

The health spokesperson with the Socialist People’s Party, Kirsten Normann Andersen, confirmed the meeting to Ritzau and said she supported new restrictions, including a temporary suspension of the so-called behandlingsgaranti or treatment guarantee.

The guarantee, provided by the national health system, gives patients the right to be treated within 30 days, if necessary by moving their treatments to a different hospital (including some private hospitals).

Andersen also mooted the possibly of an assembly limit.

“I also think that it could be necessary to make some form of restriction in relation to how many can gather when it is with people we don’t know,” she said.

Denmark used assembly limits during Covid-19 lockdowns and restrictions in earlier phases of the pandemic but has refrained from reintroducing them in the current wave, with the exception of a ban on standing concerts for over 50 people.

Andersen did not give a number for any potential limit on assembly but said she would ask Heunicke to look into the question.

She also called for testing to be expanded again in the run-up to Christmas.

“I hope there is a plan for a better testing strategy because that’s what can prevent people from infecting many others,” she said.

READ ALSO: Denmark changes rules for Covid-19 contact tracing

Member comments

Log in here to leave a comment.
Become a Member to leave a comment.

COVID-19 RULES

Denmark’s autumn Covid-19 strategy to be presented ‘before summer’

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said on Monday that the government will soon present a strategy for managing Covid-19 should the virus resurge in Denmark next autumn and winter.

Denmark’s autumn Covid-19 strategy to be presented 'before summer'

Although everyday life in Denmark is now free of any signs of Covid-19 restrictions, a plan will be put in place to manage a potential increase in cases of the virus once colder months return, Frederiksen said during remarks in parliament.

During a speech given as part of the parliament’s closing session before its summer break, Frederiksen noted that the coronavirus still persists in other countries and that Denmark must therefore have its own plan in place for future management of outbreaks.

“The government will therefore, before the summer (holiday), present a strategy for ongoing Covid management. We will discuss it with the other parties in parliament,” she said.

Frederiksen also said that Denmark was among the countries to have coped best with the pandemic.

“We are one of the countries that have had the lowest excess deaths. And one of the countries that has emerged best from the crisis economically. That is thanks to the efforts of each individual citizen in the country,” she said.

A new wave of Covid-19 cases later this year can be expected, according to a Danish medical expert.

“As things look now, we can reasonably hope that the thoroughly vaccinated population will be well protected against serious cases and that we will therefore see few hospitalisations,” Henrik Nielsen, senior medical consultant at Aalborg University’s infectious disease department, told news wire Ritzau.

“But the number of infections could very easily be high in the autumn and winter with a respiratory virus that gives a few days’ sickness. We expected serious cases to be limited in number,” he said.

SHOW COMMENTS