Denmark’s prime minister Mette Frederiksen made an announcement citizens around the globe are waiting for their own respective governments to make: an end to virtually all COVID-19 restrictions.
Frederickson’s decision came after a recommendation from the Danish Epidemic Commission to remove the classification of Covid-19 as a “critical threat” to society, reports Forbes. “The decline in (hospital) admissions is probably due to the effect of booster vaccination as well as the lesser ability of Omicron to elicit serious illness” the Commission’s letter explained.
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Beginning February 1 and pending parliamentary approval, face masks on public transit and the ‘vaccine passport’ to enter bars, restaurants and museums will end. For four additional weeks, some travelers will still be required to show a negative test result.
In a press conference, Frederickson announced the breaking news. “It is due to the Danes’ goodwill to be vaccinated—also with a third dose—that the restrictions can now be lifted. With the high vaccine adherence, it is possible to break the connection between the number of infected and the number of hospitalized.”
It’s a trend that other Scandinavian countries look set to follow. Swedish authorities have already scrapped the testing requirement while the majority of national restrictions will be relaxed on February 9 if the situation allows. In Norway, the government is expected to announce a relaxation of national measures next week.
Frederickson said local authorities may still require face masks or vaccine passports in hospitals and care homes for the foreseeable future.