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Reopening schools in Denmark did not worsen outbreak, data shows

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Sending children back to schools and day care centres in Denmark, the first country in Europe to do so, did not lead to an increase in coronavirus infections, according to official data, confirming similar findings from Finland on Thursday.

As countries across Europe make plans to exit months of lockdown aimed at curbing the virus outbreak, some parents worry that opening schools first might put the health of their children in danger.

Following a one-month lockdown, Denmark allowed children between two to 12 years back in day cares and schools on April 15. Based on five weeks’ worth of data, health authorities are now for the first time saying the move did not make the virus proliferate.

“You cannot see any negative effects from the reopening of schools,” Peter Andersen, doctor of infectious disease epidemiology and prevention at the Danish Serum Institute said on Thursday told Reuters.

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Second day in a row without corona deaths in Denmark

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Nobody infected with the Coronavirus have died in the last 24 hours in Denmark, according to the new figures from Statens Serum Institut.

It’s the second day in a row – and the third time this week that no corona deaths have been recorded at home.

Thus, the death toll remains at 561.

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Denmark – No increased infection activity after 4 1/2 weeks of re-opening

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After the first reopening of Denmark, the expert group is still trying to find answers to the spread of the coronavirus.

It is still unclear why increased infection activity is still not recorded 4-4.5 weeks after the first reopening of Denmark. We do not know whether this is due to high compliance with physical distance and hygiene advice, or whether it is possibly due to biological conditions, such as weakening of virulence (ie disease-causing by infection, ed.) Or infectiousness by virus, it sounds.

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Netherlands – Lowest number of deaths in two months, ‘but the virus is certainly not gone yet’

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The number of reports of people who died of the coronavirus is remarkably low today, with ten. Fifteen new hospital admissions have also been reported. However, the fact that the number of reports of deaths is so low today does not mean that the virus has disappeared, warns Marion Koopmans, professor by special appointment of virology at Erasmus MC in Rotterdam. “The numbers are always lower on weekends. We really have to wait on Monday to get a clearer picture. The falling numbers do fit the trend, but we certainly cannot say on the basis of today’s figures that this is a break in the trend. Therefore, people should not think that it is over. The peak has passed, but there are still many people on the IC. The virus is certainly not gone and can also flare up. ”

According to Koopmans, it is also awaiting the consequences if the measures are further relaxed. ,, More things will open again and it will get busier on the street. It has gone well so far. But are we all going to keep our attention? That will be an exciting period. ”

Koopmans has not yet heard whether opening the schools has had an effect. “In Denmark this had hardly any effect. It’s been a week here now, so it’s too early to say anything. Teachers now also have more options to be tested, so it remains to be seen what we will see in the registrations. ”

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Second virus wave ‘very unlikely’ in Denmark, says expert

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Denmark is “very unlikely” to be hit by a second wave of coronavirus, the country’s chief epidemiologist said on Tuesday, after the government laid out plans for increased testing and a contact tracing system.

The Nordic country, which has 533 coronavirus-related deaths, was the first in Europe to relax its coronavirus lockdown almost a month ago. The infection rate and the number of deaths have continued to drop.

“No country has seen an actual second wave yet. Some countries have seen the spread go up and down,” state epidemiologist Kare Molbak said at a news briefing.

“But with the knowledge we have today, I find it very unlikely that we’ll see second wave,” he said.

To prevent a second wave, health authorities will begin more actively tracking people who may have been in contact with infected people and if necessary put some in isolation in empty hotels, she said.

“We need to isolate the sick, so we can break the infection chains without having to close down society again,” she said.

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Danes and Czechs say easing lockdowns has produced no Covid-19 surge

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Denmark and the Czech Republic have said partially easing their lockdowns has not led to a surge in new coronavirus infections, as the WHO continued to urge extreme caution and Germany relaxed some restrictions but extended others.

As EU governments grappled with the complex and conflicting imperatives of easing the lockdowns crippling their economies while avoiding a disastrous second wave of infections, meanwhile, South Korea reported no new cases for the first time.

Of the 44 European countries to have imposed restrictions to curb the spread of the virus, 21 had started easing some of them and a further 11 were planning to do so soon, said Hans Kluge, regional director of the World Health Organization in Europe.

In Denmark, daycare facilities and schools began reopening two weeks ago, followed by hairdressers and other small businesses on 20 April.

“There are no signs at all that the partial reopening has caused a bigger spread of infection,” said Christian Wejse, a scientist at the department of infectious diseases at Aarhus University. “At least there is no indication that we are heading into another wave. That has been the concern, but I can’t see that at all.”

The Czech health minister, Adam Vojtěch, said the country’s number of new cases had been below 100 for the past eight consecutive days and also reported that a staggered reopening of shops and services had not so far led to a surge in infections.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/30/danes-and-czechs-say-easing-lockdowns-has-produced-no-covid-19-surge

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Germany reports new cases under 900 for the first time since March 12th

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This week‘s average for new cases is lower than in the previous week. The decrease has continued despite the partial opening 13 days ago. Let‘s hope next week will see another decrease. That‘s when the effects of the partial opening should really become visible.

Meanwhile, their neighbour Denmark is also doing well. Steady and low numbers 2 weeks after easing of the measures. Some more good news from Denmark came out recently as well.

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LEGO Factory is Now Producing Thousands of Protective Plastic Face Masks for Medical Workers

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The LEGO Group is offering their assistance to healthcare workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis by using their facilities to produce thousands of protective facial visors.

According to an Instagram post that was published by LEGO earlier this week, the company’s Billund-based factory in Denmark has reworked some of their machinery to make more than 13,000 plastic masks per day. The masks will reportedly be distributed to hospitals and medical facilities across the country.

Although these visors do not offer the same kind of protection as N95 masks, individuals and businesses around the world have been producing the plastic shields—as well as homemade cloth masks—for medical workers to use as additional protection in high-risk areas.

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Danish Schools Begin Reopening After Month-long Closure

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Denmark began reopening schools for younger children on Wednesday after a month-long closure to combat the novel coronavirus, becoming the first country in Europe to do so.

Nurseries, kindergartens and primary schools were restarting after they were officially closed on March 17 in an effort to curb the COVID-19 epidemic, though many had shut before then.

However classes are only resuming in about half of Denmark’s municipalities and in about 35 percent of Copenhagen’s schools, as others have requested more time to adjust to health protocols. All are expected to reopen by April 20.

https://www.ibtimes.com/danish-schools-begin-reopening-after-month-long-closure-2958964