Denmark, stop to masks and Green Pass: “Covid is no longer a socially critical disease”

from Silvia Morosi

No restrictions: events and club attendance are once again authorized. The Danish study: “Omicron 2 more contagious”

Farewell to anti-coronavirus restrictions: starting today, February 1st, the obligation to wear masks and show the Green Pass will no longer be in force in Denmark, while events and club attendance will be authorized again. The decision goes hand in hand with the choice to drop the definition of Covid-19 as a “socially critical” disease, used to justify the adoption of anti-pandemic regulations. The masks will remain in force in hospitals, for staff and visitors, and only those who enter the country – who became the first in the EU to revoke the measures – will be asked to show proof of vaccination. A similar choice had already been made by the government last November, but at the time the restrictions were – then – reintroduced in the face of a sharp increase in infections. «I don’t dare to say if it will be a definitive goodbye. We do not know what will happen in the autumn and if we will have to deal with a new variant “, clarified the first minister Puts Frederiksen interviewed on the radio. «We are ready to step out of the shadow of the coronavirus and welcome the life we ​​had before. The pandemic continues, but we have passed the critical phase », had – already – announced last week at the press conference Frederiksen. The invitation to citizens, also received by the health authorities, is in any case to undergo regular tests to monitor the progress of infections.

Vaccination in Denmark

It should not be forgotten, among other things, that Denmark was one of the first European countries to deal with the “sub-variant” Omicron 2, which a week ago had already been sequenced in 50% of positive cases. In the meantime, about 40-50 thousand new cases per day continue to be recorded, equal to almost 1% of the population of 5.8 million inhabitants (here the map of infections in the world). The increase in infections has not – however – produced an additional pressure on hospitals, thanks to thehigh percentage of vaccinated population: over 60% of Danes received the booster dose compared to an EU average of just under 45%. And from a recent Danish study – as the agency explains Reuters – emerges as the “Sub-variant” of Omicron, identified as BA.2, is “more contagious” than the “original” one and able to infect vaccinated people more: the researchers found that people infected with BA.2 have about 33% probability more than infecting others, compared to those infected with BA.1. In the country, the ‘sub-variant’ BA.2 became the dominant strain in the second week of January.

Similar scenarios, between Finland and Great Britain

Neighboring Finland will also end all restrictions against Covid-19 in February, as announced by the Prime Minister Sanna Marin, that in recent days he announced that the timing for the abandonment of the restrictions will be “negotiated by his government led by Social Democrats with the other parties in Parliament”. In the meantime, border controls between Helsinki and the other Schengen area states were interrupted on January 31st: a restriction introduced at the end of December to slow down the spread of the Omicron variant. A similar scenario is also looming in Great Britain, although the government has not officially declared its intention to treat Covid as a disease that is no longer “critical”. Since January 27, Boris Johnson has filed the so-called “plan B”, canceling the obligation of a Green pass and a mask in shops and on public transport.

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