Denmark became the first country in Europe to remove Covid restrictions on Friday, removing the demand to present vaccine passports to enter nightclubs as it cautiously welcomes a return to normalcy.
However, while the Scandinavian country prepared for a new post-epidemic reality, the WHO warned that vaccines alone might not be enough to stop the pandemic, and that the virus could linger for years.
After a long epidemic struggle, one Danish citizen described the lowering of the remaining barriers as “liberating.”
“It’s been a rough couple of years. I have three kids and we have had homeschooling and it’s been a lot of hard days,” Klaus Sylvester said.
“Denmark no longer has any limits, which is pretty liberating.” The nightclub ban was the most recent in a long list of restrictions that Denmark has steadily eased in recent months.
Iceland dropped all restrictions in June, only to reimpose them as instances soared again. It is currently the only country in Europe with no limits.
It lifted the requirement for a Covid permit for museums and indoor events with fewer than 500 people on August 1, before abandoning it for major events, and masks have not been required on public transportation since mid-August.
On Saturday, 50,000 people will attend a sold-out performance in Copenhagen, a first in Europe.
According to Ulrich Rum-Petersen, an event promoter, “We are absolutely at the forefront in Denmark because we have no restrictions.” “Thanks to the vaccination rollout, we are now on the other side of the pandemic.”
With roughly 500 Covid cases each day and a reproduction rate of 0.7, Danish authorities claim the virus is under control.
Vaccines have been widely distributed, with 73 percent of the 5.8 million population receiving full vaccination, and 96 percent of those 65 and older receiving full vaccination.
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