Denmark Plans To Lift Covid Curbs On Feb 1
Denmark plans to lift its Covid restrictions on February 1 despite record infections, as its high vaccination rate is deemed sufficient against the milder Omicron variant, the health ministry said Wednesday
Copenhagen, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 26th Jan, 2022 ) :Denmark plans to lift its Covid restrictions on February 1 despite record infections, as its high vaccination rate is deemed sufficient against the milder Omicron variant, the health ministry said Wednesday.
If a parliamentary commission approves the government's proposal later Wednesday, Denmark would become the first European Union country to lift curbs despite the Omicron wave sweeping the continent, according to a survey of AFP bureaus.
"I would like... Covid-19 to no longer be categorised as a disease dangerous to society as of February 1", Health Minister Magnus Heunicke wrote in a letter to lawmakers.
Denmark would however keep some border measures in place for another four weeks, including tests and/or quarantine depending on travellers' country of origin.
In neighbouring Sweden, authorities announced that current restrictions would remain in place for at least another two weeks.
However, health minister Lena Hallengren told a press conference that the "majority of restrictions" could be removed on February 9 if "the situation has stabilised then.
" Faced with a lower level of hospitalisations than in previous waves, several European countries, such as France and the United Kingdom, have announced the lifting or a considerable reduction of their restrictions in recent days, despite record or very high cases.
In England, the only legal restriction in place from Thursday will be for people who test positive to isolate.
In Denmark, health authorities "recommend" people who test positive to isolate for four days.
"We have good control over hospitalisation rates, thanks to a combination of 3.5 million Danes revaccinated and the less severe nature of Omicron." More than 60 percent of Danes have received a third dose, one month ahead of the health authorities' schedule.
While the number of people hospitalised with a Covid infection continues to rise and has now exceeded 900, health authorities said the situation was under control.
At the beginning of January, the number of hospitalisations was up by 16 percent even though cases were up by 35 percent.
The Danish Health Authority said that 35 percent of those in hospital with Covid were actually in hospital for another diagnosis.