High vaccination rate allows opening

The highest infection figures so far during the entire pandemic – and still State Minister Mette Frederiksen (Soz.) last Wednesday with, all Corona restrictions except for the entry rules fall on 1. February gone. Abroad, the step has partly caused astonishment.

"We are through the most critical phase," government leader said.

Therefore, Covid-19 is now no longer classified as a socially critical disease. According to epidemic law, this means Folketing and government can now no longer order restrictions with reference to Corona.

Hospitals relieved

According to the authorities, there is no longer a threat of hospitals being overloaded. The number of patients with Corona admitted to an intensive care unit has been declining sharply for weeks now. At the beginning of January, there were 80 people; on Monday, there were 32. Of these, according to the State Serum Institute (SSI), about a quarter are not admitted due to a Corona infection, but are also infected in addition to another disease.

At Wednesday’s press conference, Frederiksen cited what government and authorities see as the reason for the positive development: The vaccinations had indeed turned out to be the "super weapon".

While they have not been able to prevent the spread of the omicron variant, they have been able to prevent many serious illnesses and thus deaths.

Immunity foreseeable

According to virologists, the combination of vaccination and the many contagions of the omicron variant means that a high level of immunity will soon be achieved.

"We are now approaching herd immunity, which we have been striving for since the beginning of the epidemic. "Many of us even have a combination of vaccination and contagion from Omikron, and I think that gives us a high level of protection for at least six months," immunologist and vaccine researcher Peter Lawætz Andersen tells Politiken.

The SSI reports on Tuesday that the regions hardest hit by the Omikron variant are approaching this situation. There, the number of new infections has been falling since the end of last week.

Professor of epidemiology at Roskilde University, Lone Simonsen, also says corona is now more likely to be classified as a "normal" disease.

"I think it’s over"

"We are now dealing with a disease where we are seeing very few serious cases. So it’s a natural progression that we look at it differently as a society. It has to happen at some point," she tells Politiken.

While she wished they had waited another week or two, overall she thinks we have the worst behind us.

"Yes, I think it’s over. I’ve done a lot of research on historical pandemics like the Spanish flu, which lost its breath after two years. It’s typical for pandemics to come in waves and last two to three years, and we’re now in the second year of the Corona pandemic. It is natural that it is gradually overcome. In the future, the corona virus will mutate and exist in society as winter flu," Simonsen’s assessment tells the newspaper.

Tough February ahead

While some experts would have liked to see the opening a little later, virologist Allan Randrup Thomsen of the University of Copenhagen believes it makes sense to open fully now.

"Logically, this way we will get through the epidemic faster. "In the longer term, it’s better to get it over with, because we no longer consider corona a socially critical illness," he tells Berlingske.

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