While the Philippines is still struggling to fully inoculate its citizens and oscillates between quarantine restrictions, other parts of the world are making leaps and bounds. For Denmark, Covid19 restrictions have been lifted in full.
The country has declared the virus “no longer a threat to society thanks to the vaccine.” Their vaccination campaign has gone by quickly. Of the 5.8 million population, 78% are fully vaccinated as well as 96% of those 65 and older.
Denmark’s final restriction lifted was vaccine passports required for nightclub-goers, initially introduced when Copenhagen started easing restrictions. Vaccine passports were no longer required for other establishments months ago.
The World Health Organization has said that Denmark has benefited well from the public complying with the government’s guidelines and their strategy versus the coronavirus. “Like many countries, Denmark has, throughout the pandemic, implemented public health and social measures to reduce transmission,” WHO Europe emergency officer Catherine Smallwood said. “But at the same time it has greatly relied on individuals and communities to comply voluntarily.”
Ulrik Orum-Petersen, a promoter at event organiser Live Nation, has expressed delight over the situation to AFP: “We are definitely at the forefront in Denmark as we have no restrictions, and we are now on the other side of the pandemic thanks to the vaccination rollout.”
Live Nation recently organised a ‘Back to Live’ festival last September 4. It was the first open-air festival that brought 15,000 people together in Copenhagen. There’s an upcoming concert with an expected crowd of 50,000 that has sold out as well.
Epidemiologist Lone Simonsen told AFP: “We’re aiming for free movement… What will happen now is that the virus will circulate and it will find the ones who are not vaccinated.”
At present, the reproduction rate of Covid19 is at 0.7 and their case counts across the whole country are 500 at most. Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said that restrictions would be reimposed as needed.