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2 Feb 2022

Denmark to Live Normally Again Without Masks and COVID Restrictions

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Denmark, a nation of 5.8 million, took the European Union lead on Tuesday by waving goodbye to facemasks and scrapping most pandemic restrictions as the Scandinavian country no longer considers Covid-19 “a socially critical disease”.

Officials said the reason for the Danish move is that while the Omicron variant is still present and surging in the country, it’s not placing a heavy burden on the health system and Denmark recorded a high vaccination rate.

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen told Danish radio, “I dare not say that it is a final goodbye to restrictions,” she said. “We do not know what will happen in the fall, whether there will be a new variant.”

Denmark has in recent weeks seen more than 50,000 new cases a day but the number of Covid-19 patients in hospital intensive care units has dropped.

The most visible restriction disappearing is the wearing of face masks, which are no longer mandatory on public transportation and shops. Authorities only recommend mask use in hospitals, health care facilities and nursing homes. Another restriction that no longer required is the digital pass to enter nightclubs or eat indoors in restaurants.

Health authorities still urged the public to get tested regularly so the country can act accordingly the moment the cases surge again, they also praised citizens for embracing the vaccination campaigns. According to the present data, there are more than 60% of Denmark’s population over age 12 have gotten a third vaccine shot.

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