Amidst the rising tension of a new sub-variant of Omicron, the Scandinavian country Denmark becomes the first in Europe to lift all Covid restrictions. According to the experts, the decision came after thoroughly scrutinizing the effects of the variant and considering the high vaccination rate to battle against the milder variant. After the precise observations, the authorities concluded that the no longer poses a “critical threat” to an individual.
Following the decision on Tuesday, the restrictions on indoor gatherings were lifted and wearing facemasks and carrying Covid passes are no longer a necessity. The only restrictions which remain are on unvaccinated travellers from non-Schengen countries. Simultaneously the Danish Health Authorities recommended that those individuals who test positive were isolated themselves for four days and the contact cases no longer have to quarantine themselves.
Furthermore, the decision of lifting all restrictions was also backed by an impressive number of vaccination rates in the country. According to stats, more than 60 per cent of the population of Denmark has been vaccinated with three doses, as contrasted with the EU average rate of just 45 per cent. The authorities have also claimed that 80 per cent of its population is protected against severe disease. The epidemiologist Lone Simonsen stated, “we have reached a high coverage of vaccination rate among the adults.”
The Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen welcomed the decision and exhibited the approval by writing “good morning to a completely open Denmark” on Facebook.