Denmark on Tuesday became the first European Union country where all Covid restrictions were lifted despite the new wave of omicron, The Local Denmark has learned. The easing comes as Denmark registers around 40,000-50,000 new Covid cases a day, or almost one percent of the country’s 5.8 million inhabitants.
In Denmark, where record numbers of the coronavirus cases were registered last week, people could return to ‘life as they knew it’, said the Danish government. In its efforts to normalize the daily life, the EU nation is relying on its high vaccination rate to cope with the milder Omicron variant.
As a matter of fact, the first such attempt at lifting all covid-rules was in October. Now, the pre-covid life could be a new old normal. Only a few restrictions remain in place at the country’s borders, for unvaccinated travellers arriving from non-Schengen countries.
On Tuesday, the nightclubs reopen but they have limits on the number of people allowed at indoor gatherings also come to an end.
As of February 1st, more than 60 percent of Danes have received a third dose od anti-covid jabs, while an EU average of just under 45 percent.
The broad spread of the Omicron variant is also expected to lead to a “more robust and long-lasting immunity”, helping the country fend off future waves, the health experts said. So far, 64 percent of Danes surveyed said they had faith in the government’s Covid policy, Politiken said.
Going forward, Danes are being urged to exercise personal responsibility, and without a Covid pass there will be a shift of responsibility.