Denmark returned to normal on Friday after the last restrictions were removed imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, following the announcement made in late August by the government.

The removal of the restrictions was scheduled for October 1, but was brought forward three weeks because the authorities consider the epidemic controlled and due to the high level of the vaccinated population, more than 73%.

Denmark had already removed indoor chinstraps in June and, since September 1, capacity limitations for large events had been lifted and nightclubs reopened, although it was still necessary to present a “COVID passport” to access some places.

Denmark was one of the countries that issued a COVID passport for its citizens. Photo: EFE

That requirement fell this Friday, the day on which the categorization of the coronavirus as a critical illness for society, which had made it possible to introduce many restrictions and whose removal was demanded by most parties.

One of the countries with the most vaccinated and the fewest deaths

Denmark has some of the highest vaccination figures in the world: 75.7% of the total population have started the process (more than 86% of those over 12 years old) and 73.1% have completed it, according to the latest official data.

The rate of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days is 192.35, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), while hospital occupancy remains at moderate levels.

Slightly more than 2,600 people have died from COVID-19, with a mortality rate of 44.70 per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the count of the US Johns Hopkins University, a quarter of that of Spain and one of the lowest figures in Europe.

Denmark has one of the lowest rates in the world for deaths from COVID.  Photo: EFE

Denmark has one of the lowest rates in the world for deaths from COVID. Photo: EFE

“Day to day is the same again, but that does not mean that there is no danger. In the last year and a half the virus has mutated many times, so I cannot guarantee anything. But compared to many other countries, Denmark is in a good place, “said Health Minister Magnus Heunicke on Friday.

Heunicke urged those who have not done so to be vaccinated and to maintain good habits, such as hand hygiene and to get tested and isolate yourself if you have symptoms.

The head of Health had warned the day the lifting of restrictions was announced that the epidemic has not ended and that the government “will not hesitate” to act quickly in the event that the coronavirus “threatens important functions of our society.” , although he ruled out at the same time there will be extensive restrictions at the national level.

Test and trace to keep the epidemic under control

Like the rest of the Nordic countries, Denmark did not confine its population or impose the use of the chinstrap outdoors, although yes approved a broad closure of economic life and social during the first and second waves of the coronavirus.

But the Danish authorities have kept the epidemic in check at moderate or low levels of hospitalizations and deaths since February, thanks to a strategy based on massive tests, contact tracing and test sequencing.

Thus, a slow de-escalation began in April that received a boost since June, when indoor masks were eliminated except in transport (under certain assumptions), supported above all by the introduction of a “COVID passport.”

Source: EFE

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