Will Denmark’s parties agree to phase out face masks in Denmark tomorrow?
The populist Danish People’s Party has proposed ending the requirement to wear face masks in July, while the Red-Green Alliance is proposing August, as the country’s political parties take positions on the issue ahead of Wednesday’s meeting of the cross-party Epidemic Committee.
Søren Brostrøm, Director General of the Danish Health Authority, told TV2 on Monday that with growing vaccination coverage, low infection rates and low hospitalization rates, it might be time to look again at the remaining restrictions, such as face masks, the need to show a valid coronapas and frequent testing.
Magnus Heunicke, Denmark’s health minister, also on Monday told state broadcaster DR that his goal was to begin to phase out the masks “before the summer holidays”.
Denmark has identified 1,334 cases of fully vaccinated people getting coronavirus
A study by Statens Serum Institut (SSI), Denmark’s infectious diseases agency, has identified 1,334 cases of people getting infected with Covid-19 after having both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, equivalent to 0.1 percent of vaccinated.
“This is an extremely low number,” Camilla Foged, a professor at Copenhagen University specialising in vaccines, pointing out that Pfizer/BioNTech, the most commonly used vaccine in Denmark has show to be only 95 percent effective in studies.
“I would argue that it’s down to the fact that we’ve had a relatively strict lockdown, so the level of infection has been relatively low.”
According to SSI, 5,801 people have been infected after the first dose, of whom 312 have died within a month of vaccination.
Some 40.9 percent of the population have had at least one dose, and 23.4 percent have had both doses.
Only 60 infections detected among 266,259 fans who have attended Danish stadium games
An evaluation by Denmark’s Superliga premier league division has found only 60 infections among the 266,259 fans who attended stadium football games in Denmark between April 21 to May 28 this year.
“This evaluation clearly shows that with corona passes, fixed seats and control of spectators, it is, in our opinion, justifiable to remove distance requirements and sectioning,” Claus Thomsen, director of Denmark’s premier league football association said in a press release.
Social Democrats youth party opens investigation into sexual harassment allegations
The Social Democrats’ youth party, DSU, is now initiating a sexual harassment investigation against a former employee of the Social Democrats, Denmark’s Berlingske newspaper has reports. .
A number of women, several of them anonymous, opened up about their experiences with the man in an article in Berlingske on Sunday.
“We are now examining the specific stories that are described in the article, and we are also very interested in hearing from others if they have experienced anything,” DSU chairman Frederik Vad told Berlingske.
Three of the cases concern possible sexual assaults.
The man in told Berlingske that he was distressed to learn that the women had perceived him as abusive, but said there were parts of their accounts that he did not recognise.