Denmark is accelerating closure and closing museums and zoos weeks ahead of schedule as R infection rates drop to 0.6
- Museums, theaters, zoos and cinemas can reopen well before the scheduled June 8th
- Border is partially reopened to residents of Scandinavian countries and Germany
- The Public Health Institute said the epidemic is on the decline despite the lifting of restrictions
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Denmark today reopened museums and zoos ahead of schedule as virologists said the virus epidemic was on the decline despite lifting quarantine measures.
Museums, zoos, theaters and cinemas would remain closed until June 8 – but the Danish government has decided to accelerate the end of the closure.
An agreement agreed in parliament last night also opens the border to residents of Scandinavian countries and Germany who wish to visit family members or second homes.
Danish health service SSI said the rate of transmission (R) of coronavirus had fallen to 0.6, down from 0.7 on May 7, meaning the outbreak is on the decline.
Visitors walk around Blaavand Zoo in Denmark today after a series of attractions, including museums and cinemas, were allowed to open early
An R rate of 0.6 means that 100 virus patients typically infect another 60 people, meaning that the number of cases decreases over time.
A rate above 1.0 means the epidemic is accelerating, and several countries have identified it as an important indicator of whether it is safe to resume normal life.
Denmark began easing restrictions in mid-April, saying the lifting of the lockdown has not sparked a wave in new cases.
Last Friday, the country reported for the first time since the March crisis Europe did not engulf new cases of coronavirus.
“We are now in control of the coronavirus,” said Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen last week.
However, another SSI report showed that only one percent of Danes carried antibodies, raising fears that the country could be vulnerable to a second wave.
People are watching the animals at Blaavand Zoo today, after Denmark decided to accelerate the end of the fence with a declining transmission rate
The Danish authorities have reported a total of 11,182 cases and 561 deaths, while currently only 18 people are in intensive care.
High school students will return to classrooms soon, after the youngest children return on April 15, high schools resume this week.
Some museums opened their doors today, although others are waiting until the weekend or next week.
“It was pure cheer. Finally we can get started, ‘Peter Kjargaard, director of the Natural History Museum of Denmark, told broadcaster DR.
Kjargaard added that he was excited to show off the museum’s new dinosaur exhibit, although it won’t be finished for another month.
The border will remain closed, but the list of exceptions will be extended to include permanent residents of all Scandinavian countries and Germany who want to visit family members, lovers or homes they own in Denmark.