Forbes– Denmark’s prime minister Mette Frederiksen has announced the end of virtually all Covid-19 measures within the country in what she called a “milestone” moment.
The removal of restrictions including requirements for face masks on public transit and the so-called ‘vaccine passport’ to enter bars, restaurants and museums will apply from February 1, pending parliamentary approval.
However, entry rules requiring a negative test result from some travelers will remain in place for four more weeks. Frederiksen also said local authorities can require the use of face masks or the vaccine passport in hospitals and care homes for the time being.
No longer a “critical threat”
The decision follows a recommendation from the Danish Epidemic Commission to remove the classification of Covid-19 as a “critical threat” to society. Despite Denmark recording record daily numbers of positive test results in recent weeks, hospitalization rates are under control.
“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,” stated the commission’s letter.
Frederiksen echoed the commission’s comments in a press conference announcing the changes. “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.