Official: Restrictions are extended to February

By: Nathalia Hentze Nielsen

According to the government’s initial plan to contain the spread of Covid-19, the current lockdown was supposed to end on January 17.

It comes as no surprise that those plans have now been canceled. The Prime Minister revealed this yesterday at a press conference.

Instead the current restrictions are extended to February 7 – that is, another three weeks.

Children to remain at home

The restrictions mean that we must continue to keep two meters of distance and that the assembly ban of meeting maximum 5 people remains in place.

Additionally, most liberal professions have to stay closed as well – that includes stores, shopping centers, hairdressers, tattoo artists, etc. Grocery stores and pharmacies are excepted from the lockdown.

Children in grades 0-9 have to continue to stay at home and receive schooling online.

In a new development, cosmetic clinics have to close as well.

Although the number of infections is lower than it has been in a while, there is nervousness that the British mutation of Covid-19 might spread quickly if society reopens.

The mutated virus has so far had a big impact on the number of positive tests, the number of hospital admittances, and unfortunately, the number of deaths.

“We have found 208 cases of people infected by the British mutation,” Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said at last night’s press conference.

The Prime Minister assesses that an extension is necessary to combat the infection:

“I assess that an extension of the restrictions is necessary. Not least to ensure that the British mutation does not spread further,” Mette Frederiksen said.

The special mutation is 50% more infectious according to experts.

Yesterday, it was reported that 1358 new cases of infection had been registered during the last 24 hours. Those numbers have been pulled from 82.795 tests. This means that 1.64% of the tests were positive.