Corona Crisis | Denmark

End of almost all restrictions

Espresso House in Copenhagen. Denmark has lifted all of its domestic Covid-19 restrictions, including the wearing of face masks, making it the first European Union country to do so.
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Espresso House in Copenhagen. Denmark has lifted all of its domestic Covid-19 restrictions, including the wearing of face masks, making it the first European Union country to do so.

Large events are now permitted again in Denmark, as are visits to bars and discos. Despite a still high number of new infections, the country is ending virtually all Corona restrictions, with a few exceptions.

Since February 1, no restrictions apply in Denmark, except for isolated entry rules. The obligation to carry a mouth nose protection belongs to the past up to further just like proofs over inoculations, recoveries and negative tests. Large events are permitted, as are visits to bars and discos.

Assessment: Covid-19 no longer critical to society

All of this goes hand in hand with the fact that Covid-19 is no longer classified as a "socio-critical illness". The Danes had already taken a similar approach once before last September. But then the number of new infections rose sharply again, which is why the restrictions were also reintroduced. Today, the EU country of just under six million people has a daily new infection figure in the mid-five-digit range - highs that were hardly imaginable before the emergence of the Omikron variant of the coronavirus.

However, the numbers are not having as strong an impact as feared on the situation in hospitals and especially in intensive care units. Milder disease courses and high vaccination numbers are the main reasons why the Danes decided to relax comprehensively. "We are through the critical phase," says Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen. The number to look at now, however, is how many people became seriously ill after being infected, she said. That curve has now been broken, she said.

Some entry rules remain

Isolated entry rules remain in place, especially for the unvaccinated. Vaccinated and recovered travelers from all over the world no longer have to show an additional negative test. However, citizens of the EU and Schengen area without valid proof of vaccination or infection must test either in the days before or no later than 24 hours after entry. Hospitals and nursing homes will also be encouraged to continue requiring visitors to use masks and the Corona Pass to protect the vulnerable and elderly.

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