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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

Lego is producing 13,000 face visors a day for healthcare workers amid coronavirus pandemic

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Lego, the company famous for its plastic building blocks, is using its resources to build protective gear for healthcare workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Denmark-based toymaker company announced on Instagram Thursday that it’s producing more than 13,000 face visors a day for Danish healthcare workers after converting some of its molding machines to create the safety equipment. 

“This week we began to make visors at our factory in Billund for healthcare workers on the frontline in Denmark,” Lego wrote in its social-media post. “We are so incredibly proud of the team who made this happen. They worked around the clock to create designs and make moulds that can produce more than 13,000 visors a day. We are grateful to have such talented, dedicated and caring colleagues.”

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Spain close to the beginning of a decline in epidemic

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Spain is close to the beginning of a decline in the coronavirus epidemic, the country’s prime minister has said.

Health officials reported 5,756 new cases and 683 new deaths over the latest 24-hour period. That is compared with 6,180 new cases and 757 deaths on Wednesday.

It comes as Germany, Italy and Denmark indicated that improving figures on coronavirus could mean restrictions being lifted, or partially lifted, within weeks.

The Spanish parliament was expected to vote for a two-week extension of Spain’s state of emergency which would keep people at home until 26 April.

https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-spain-close-to-the-beginning-of-a-decline-in-epidemic-pm-11970955