Denmark says Covid is no longer a ‘socially critical disease.’
Denmark, whose health minister said on Thursday that the country had fully vaccinated 80 percent of residents over age 12, will no longer consider Covid-19 a “socially critical disease.” It will drop all Covid restrictions as of Sept. 10.
The heath minister, Magnus Heunicke, made the announcement on Twitter on Friday. The socially critical designation is a political one, which allowed officials to implement measures such as national closures and requirements for coronavirus passes.
Denmark has reported a total of 342,866 virus cases and 2,575 deaths since the pandemic began, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The country has been averaging just under 1,000 new cases a day in recent weeks.
Mr. Heunicke said that as of Sept. 10, the country would phase out the last of its “important restrictions,” including having to show coronavirus passes at nightclubs and sporting events, according to Jyllands-Posten, the Danish newspaper.
He said if the situation changed, the government would not hesitate to intervene, and he urged vigilance.
But he said, “It is the good Danish epidemic management that makes this possible, and I want to say thank you to everyone involved for a gigantic job.”
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