'The Danish Way Is Working': Prime Minister Hints At A Gradual Reopening For April
Added 03-30-20 04:07:02pm EST - “Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen is expressing cautious optimism that her country will be able to begin a gradual reopening after Easter. "The Danish way of doing things is working," she said Monday.” - Npr.org
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Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen is expressing cautious optimism that her country will be able to begin a gradual reopening after Easter. "The Danish way of doing things is working," she said at a press conference on Monday.
Amid the coronavirus outbreak, Denmark was one of the first European countries to announce a full closure of public schools and institutions and to impose strict limits on social gatherings. It was also one of the first nations to close its borders, which it did on March 14.
While the number of patients in intensive care continues to rise, infectious disease expert Kåre Mølbak says "infection pressure" — the average number of others infected by each infected person — is now half of what it was in mid-March.
"The epidemic is in no way over," he says, "but we can see that it is more under control than in other parts of Europe. So ... what has Denmark done differently? Because we can see that there are lots of countries that have acted similarly ... but still have big problems. My professional opinion is that what has been effective in Denmark is that we acted early."
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