May 12, 2022

Denmark lifts restrictions, despite still-high case count

The country considers its high vaccination coverage sufficient in the face of the lesser severity of the Omicron variant.

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Despite a higher than ever number of cases and rising hospitalizations, Denmark announced on Wednesday January 26 that it would lift all its internal anti-Covid restrictions on February 1. The country considers its high vaccination coverage sufficient in the face of the lesser severity of the Omicron variant. “We say goodbye to restrictions and welcome to life as we knew it before corona”, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said at a press conference. The Nordic country is the first in the European Union to take the plunge despite the wave of the Omicron variant.

“The strong adherence to the vaccine program has proven to be what we thought: a ‘super-weapon’, and it has given us a strong defense against remaining infection”, justified the head of government. “This is why the government has decided that the coronavirus should no longer be considered a threatening disease for society”, she added.

The end of this designation in fact entails the lifting from February 1 of all the national restrictions currently in force, such as the use of the health pass, the wearing of a mask or the early closing of bars and restaurants. The Danish government only wants to maintain certain restrictions on entering the territory, namely testing and/or quarantine depending on immunity status, for another four weeks.