Denmark: First To End Pandemic & Back To Normal !!!
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Denmark ended all virus restrictions on February 1, 2022, and reclassify Covid-19 as a disease that no longer poses a threat to society, even as infections in the Nordic nation are at record high. The Nordic country won’t extend the pandemic measures, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen told a news conference in Copenhagen on Wednesday, confirming earlier reports by the Jyllands-Posten newspaper and Bloomberg News. Denmark’s hospitalizations are declining, indicating that omicron is less dangerous than earlier variants of the virus despite a million Danes infected in the last two months. The nation of 5.8 million people that’s managed the economic impact of Covid as one of the best in the rich world has 44 Covid-19 patients hospitalized in intensive care units, down from 73 two weeks ago. “The pandemic is still here but with what we know, we now dare to believe that we are through the critical phase,” Frederiksen said. Denmark is ahead of its Nordic neighbors, with the Swedish authorities saying earlier on Wednesday they will extend the restrictions due to a surge in infections but expect to be able to remove most curbs in two weeks. Norway can start gradually stepping down restrictions as only “extreme” measures would slow the spread of the omicron variant, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health said earlier. Denmark’s current restrictions include limited opening hours for restaurants and bars, use of Covid passports and the requirement of face masks in stores and at some indoor events, in the video published on Jan 27, 2022, “Denmark to End All Covid Restrictions on Feb. 1“, below:
Australia continues to learn to live with Covid by closely watching the daily numbers and deaths. Denmark, by contrast, is ditching nearly all restrictions and declaring it’s done with COVID-19, in the video published on Feb 2, 2022, “COVID-19: Denmark Relaxes All Restrictions As Case Numbers Surge“, below:
Video below examines the different strategies among different countries. For example, on Feb. 2, 2022, Denmark has decided to abandon all restrictions concerning COVID related laws (BACK TO NORMAL) amidst high infection rate, whereas New Zealand decided to have a more gradual approach. Dr. John Campbell discusses the feasibility of either approach, in a tale of two countries New Zealand and Denmark, in the video published on Feb 3, 2022, “Denmark ends pandemic“, below:
According to Dr. John Campbell, in the video above, the higher death rate in USA may have been due to higher co-morbidity (such as obesity rate) factors in the U.S. population group.
In the past week, Denmark recorded its single biggest daily number of COVID-19 cases. So it might come as a surprise that it’s also lifted all coronavirus restrictions. Michael Bang Petersen is part of the government’s advisory team, and a professor of political science at Aarhus University. He tells The World despite the rising numbers, most Danes still support lifting the restrictions, in the video published on Feb 2, 2022, “Why has Denmark scrapped most pandemic restrictions when case numbers are still rising? | The World”, below:
About 81% of the Danes are fully vaccinated and 61% have also received booster vaccines. General public opinions of Danes are also in favor of lifting all the restrictions. Many Danes continue being careful in keeping precautions even after all restrictions are lifted.
According to Tyra Grove Krause, Director of infection preparedness (Infectious Diseases Agency SSI of Denmark) said, “There was nothing for it but to let omicron run through the population.”
Denmark has been the least politicized nation during this pandemic. This may had contributed to Denmark’s ability in being able to act sensibly and quickly.
Denmark was also ensuring aspiration before injection of vaccinations. Hurray For Denmark!
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