Coronavirus alert: Government reduces gathering limit to 50 people nationwide

Nightlife measures in Copenhagen extended nationwide and people are encouraged to work from home and avoid public transport during rush hour

Citing rising coronavirus cases and an increase in the number of people being admitted to hospital, PM Mette Frederiksen has unveiled new measures to counter the spike at a press conference just now.

From noon tomorrow until at least October 4, the gathering limit will be reduced to 50 nationwide and the recently-incorporated measures regarding nightlife in Copenhagen will be extended to encompass the whole country.

Some of those measures include bars, restaurants and cafes closing down at 22:00 and mandatory facemasks while not seated at those establishments.

Frederiksen also encourages everyone to work from home when possible – whether it be in the private or public sector.

The PM also urged people to avoid larger events and travelling on public transport during rush hour

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More young people in hospital
Frederiksen said that people wouldn’t be forced to limit the number of people they socialise with, but she urged people in Denmark to “use common sense”.

The health minister, Magnus Heunicke, revealed that 58 people were currently in hospital with the coronavirus – 14 percent of whom are under the age of 30.

Heunicke also said that the Danish health sector is well prepared to handle an increase in cases.

“We have the tools needed and we won’t hesitate to use them,” said Heunicke.

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