Farewell to Covid curbs…Denmark becomes the first European country to lift all Covid-19 restrictions

Despite the concern about the virus variant, Omicron, the Scandinavian country Denmark became the first country in Europe to lift all Covid restrictions recently. According to the government, the indoor mask mandate, the use of a “Covid pass” for bars, restaurants, and other indoor venues, and the legal obligation to self-isolate if you test positive are all coming to end. 

According to world data, the move comes at a time when it has the second-highest infection rate, or a seven-day average of new infections, of any nation in the world. As part of the move, on February 1, limits on indoor gatherings have been lifted. The use of facemasks and Covid passes will no longer be mandatory from now onwards in the country. 

“Good morning to a completely open Denmark”, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen posted on Facebook and thanked the citizens for getting vaccinated. According to local media reports, Denmark received a third dose of more than 60 percent, compared to the European Union average below 45 percent. The country’s 80% population is fully vaccinated and this has been considered as the way to open the borders and life curbs.

The Prime Minister said widespread vaccination and boosters have helped the country open up again. Additionally, the number of hospitalizations and patients in intensive care is decreasing every day, said Mette Frederikson. 

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Under current Covid regulations, the Health Authority of the country recommends those who test positive for four days be isolated. Moreover, it is no longer being asked to go to the quarantine in contact cases.