Corona passes to be valid for just five months, recommends Health Ministry

Ben Hamilton
January 6th, 2022

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No easing of restrictions ahead of anticipated escalation in cases, although PM is content that the situation in Denmark is “better than feared”

It’s been halved in value for some (photo: coronasmitte.dk)

There will be no easing of the current corona restrictions, it was announced yesterday following a meeting of the health minister, Magnus Heunicke, with the political parties’ health spokespersons – a day on which a record 28,283 infections was announced.

Nevertheless, the Health Ministry is making some changes concerning the corona pass, which in future will only be valid for five months after somebody has either contracted the virus or received both their vaccination jabs.

No decision has been made regarding how long a pass will last for those who have received their booster. As of yesterday, half the population have received their third jab, Heunicke confirmed yesterday.

Higher numbers expected
According to Statens Serum Institut, which remains optimistic that the current escalation in fresh cases will peak by the end of the month, daily figures could reach as high as 55,000 by mid-January.

As things stand, many of the restrictions – including, for example, admission to cinemas and theatres – are set to expire on January 16.

The Epidemic Commision, whose advice the government tends to follow, yesterday said the current restrictions are necessary to ensure the health system isn’t overwhelmed by hospital admissions – particularly following the reopening of the schools yesterday.

PM: “Better than feared”
There are now 784 hospitalised people, of whom 80 are in intensive care and 49 on respirators. 

Of the 28,283 people infected yesterday, 2,083 were re-infections. Some 12.2 percent of all conducted tests were positive, and a further 15 people have died of corona.

PM Mette Frederiksen took to Instagram yesterday to say the current situation is “better than feared”.

“We have to handle the situation with ingenuity and overview. Fortunately, we are working on that,” she vowed.


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