COVID-19: School closures, telecommuting and reduced nightlife in Denmark

COVID-19: school, work and nightlife closures ; picked in Denmark

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Closure of schools, limitation of nightlife, generalization of teleworking: the Danish Prime Minister on Wednesday announced a slew of measures to curb the new wave of COVID-19 in the country. & nbsp ;

“We know how important school attendance is for the well-being of children and youth. This is why we are adding a few days on both sides of the Christmas holidays, but the plan is not to have another long shutdown, ”Mette Frederiksen said at a press conference, referring to an“ extended vacation ”and assuring wanting to “keep society open as much as possible”.

For the director of the Danish Infectious Disease Control Authority (SSI), Henrik Ullum, the situation is “extremely serious” however. >

On Wednesday, health authorities reported 6,629 new infections recorded in 24 hours – exceeding the peak of December 2020 by more than 2,000. Over one week, the number of infections is also at its highest, at 35,814 cases, a jump of 19% compared to the previous week.

School holidays were to start on December 17 and end on January 3, but schools will close from December 15 until January 5.

From December 10, bars and restaurants, where the wearing of masks is compulsory again, will have to close at midnight and it will be forbidden to sell alcohol after this time.

After living for nearly of two months without restrictions, the Scandinavian kingdom had reintroduced the sanitary pass then the wearing of the mask in November.

One of the most advanced countries in Europe to detect variants, Denmark has 577 cases confirmed from Omicron, first recorded on its soil on November 22.

For Mr. Ullum, this variant is “unpleasant because of its many mutations and because it has spread rapidly around the world.”

“We suspect that Omicrom causes symptoms similar to the versions. of the virus ”, he added.

The Nordic country of 5.8 million inhabitants is one of the best equipped in terms of sequencing, allowing it to detect more cases and more quickly , without this means that the contagion is stronger there than elsewhere.

80% of people over 5 years of age are fully vaccinated and more than a million people have already received a booster dose .

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