Denmark: Why did the country remove all restrictions despite the wave of COVID infections?



As of this February 1, Denmark removed all restrictions imposed by the fourth wave of coronavirus infections COVID-19, considering that the omicron variant does not imply a “danger” for health or for its inhabitants, despite the high levels of incidence that are registered in the country.

From today It is no longer mandatory to wear face masks in closed places, restrictions on restaurants, cultural and social life have disappeared and nightclubs reopen.

COVID-19 is no longer considered a “critical illness” and, therefore, restrictions are also lifted for large events.

Denmark thus becomes the first country in the European Union (EU) to lift all measures against the pandemic, as happened last September, although a few months later it began to implement them due to the spread of the omicron variant.

Currently, the weekly incidence is still very high -five thousand cases in 14 days per 100 thousand inhabitants- but the high rate of citizens with the soda dose -over 60%- allows, in the opinion of his government, to take that step.

“We are ready to step out of the shadow of the coronavirus, say goodbye to restrictions and welcome back to the life we ​​had before. The pandemic continues, but we have passed the critical stage,” Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen announced at a press conference last week.

Denmark is one of the countries in the world where more tests are practiced. Between 30% and 40% of those hospitalized with COVID-19 are people who were hospitalized for other reasons and who later tested positive for coronavirus.

Danish authorities They expect the high contagion to continue for a few weeks, but they believe it is disproportionate to maintain the restrictions.

Despite the increase in deaths from COVID in the last month and a half, Denmark still has one of the lowest mortality rates in Europe, with 62.59 per 100 thousand inhabitants, three times less than countries like Spain, Portugal or France.

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