Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen announced on Monday the closure of restaurants, cinemas and some schools in 38 municipalities in the country, including Copenhagen, Aarhus and Odense. The reason for further restrictions are record increases in coronavirus infections.
"This year's Christmas will be a period with even greater restrictions. They will apply from Wednesday" - announced Frederiksen at a specially convened conference.
Until January 3, in communes, learning for students of the fifth and older years will be held remotely. Gyms, swimming pools, cinemas, theaters and restaurants will be closed, except for take-away sales. Employers of public institutions are to send home people who do not occupy key positions.
According to the head of the Danish government, it is recommended to meet the family for the holidays with a limit of 10 people. The same restriction applies to public gatherings. "I do not rule out that further restrictions will be necessary before Christmas" - warned Frederiksen.
In Copenhagen, a one-way traffic has been created on the main pedestrian shopping street of the city of Stroeget. Some shopping malls have introduced similar solutions.
At the same time, the existing basic restrictions (e.g. the obligation to use masks in public transport) were extended until February 28 next year.
2,046 infections were recorded in Denmark on Monday, the highest number in 24 hours since the start of the pandemic. The number of Covid-19 patients in hospitals has increased by 26 to 302. There are 46 patients in intensive care units.
As indicated by the forecast of the state-run infectious disease control agency Statens Serum Institut, if no further restrictions were introduced, in Denmark by Christmas the daily increase in infections could reach even 4,000, and the number of hospitalized people would exceed 500.
There are 98 municipalities in Denmark, which means that the restrictions will apply in every third municipality, but will apply to the majority of the population. (PAP)