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Danish parliament approves plan to reintroduce Covid-19 restrictions

Denmark lifted the last restrictions in September saying the pandemic was under control, but since mid-October the number of infections has risen again

FILED - Passers-by walk along Nyhavn, the harbour with its colourful little houses popular with tourists. Denmark lifted Corona measures in force in the country on September 10 but plans to reintroduce some measures in November after cases climbed. Photo: Steffen Trumpf/dpa.
Passers-by walk along Nyhavn, the harbour with its colourful little houses popular with tourists. Photo: Steffen Trumpf/dpa.

The Danish parliament's epidemics committee on Tuesday evening approved government plans to reintroduce certain coronavirus-related restrictions.

Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said a broad majority was in favour of Covid-19 being designated as a socially critical disease again.

He said the decision is initially valid for one month. This empowers the government to adopt measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus without having to seek approval from parliament.

It is sufficient if the committee gives its blessing to the measure. The Minister of Economic Affairs, Simon Kollerup, announced in a press release that from Friday onwards, a Covid-19 passport would again have to be shown when visiting a restaurant or club.

The passport certifies a vaccination, a recovery or a negative test. The passport requirement applies to adults and children over the age of 15.

Public events

The passport will also be required for public events with many participants. Concerts, conferences, fairs and amusement parks are affected. The passport requirement will also apply to visitors to hospitals.

On 10 September, Denmark lifted the last restrictions introduced in the country during the pandemic, saying at the time the pandemic was under control.

Since mid-October, however, the number of infections has risen again.

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