Mette Frederiksen states: Won’t be pressured to reopen

by Nathalia Hentze Nielsen

There’s reason for optimism when looking at the recent number of infected.

During the last couple of days, the number of infected has been lower than 1.000 on a daily basis, and the percentage of positive tests has been below 1.

This might give one reason to hope that the current strict restrictions could be relaxed a bit.

But that is not going to happen, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said Sunday night.

The number of infected has to be even lower

In a Facebook post, the Prime Minister writes that she is worried about the British corona-mutation, which is spreading in Denmark.

“I’m encouraged by the fact that the number of infected is decreasing and that the vaccinations have had a good start. But I’m also worried.”

Despite the decrease, the British mutation is on the rise, and we’re not receiving vaccines fast enough to win that race. That’s why the number has to be even lower,” Mette Frederiksen wrote.

Hold on and keep fighting

She makes it clear that although there is pressure on her to relax the restrictions, it’s not going to happen. As of right now, the current strict lockdown will run until February 7.

“I won’t be surprised if there the coming days and weeks will be a mounting pressure on the government to “open up”.

My answer is simple and disheartening: We risk losing control. We have to get the infections down. We have to hold on and keep fighting,” the Prime Minister said.

She also fired a broadside at the different “pirate parties” (i.e. illegal parties), which the police have been shutting down countrywide.

“It doesn’t help the situation that the police this weekend had to break up parties and that once again, there is focus on relaxing the visitor-restrictions at care homes. We are not finished looking after the vulnerable.”