Denmark joins ranks with the UK, lifts Covid-19 restrictions

Denmark has reportedly decided to lift all Covid-19 restrictions despite a rise in cases as Liz Truss, Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Affairs of the United Kingdom (UK), tests positive prior to Ukraine visit.

Denmark is the latest country in the European Union (EU) to rid itself of the guidelines. According to international media reports, the Danish government has followed suit in the steps of the Netherland, UK, and Ireland governments and eased restrictions for the public despite having observed a rise in the number of positive cases.

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According to the British newspaper, Financial Times (FT), Denmark reportedly announced that it will no longer consider Coronavirus to be a “societally critical” disease and will renounce strict standard operating procedures (SOPs) to combat the Omicron variant of the virus. Denmark’s Health Minister, Magnus Heunicke on Wednesday, wrote to the Parliament pertaining to the decision to remove the strict measures. According to media reports, all Covid-19 restrictions will be removed on the 1st of February, except for the SOP for testing on arrival. All tourists and/or Danish citizens returning from their travels abroad will have to get tested for the Coronavirus upon their arrival in Denmark.

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Danish Prime Minister, Metter Frederiksen, on Wednesday reportedly said that although the pandemic is ongoing, they feel they are “through the critical phase”.

It is pertinent to note that Denmark, has followed the UK, Ireland, and the Netherlands in its decision to remove restrictions against Coronavirus, meanwhile, cases continue to rise across the European continent. According to the Financial Times, Denmark is still at the top with the highest number of cases per capita in the world. According to the latest figures, the Omicron positivity percentage is still approximately ten times higher than in previous peaks although the number of patients in need of critical care is continuing to decline.

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