Denmark is tightening lockdown measures to prevent the mutated “British” more contagious virus variant. Meetings may consist of a maximum of five people, as opposed to ten.
People in public spaces, including shops, must also keep 2 meters away, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said at a press conference. Working from home is becoming the norm.
The tightening will take effect on Wednesday and will run until January 17 for the time being. The Scandinavian country implemented a strict lockdown last month, closing cafes, restaurants, sports facilities, cultural institutions and non-essential stores.
This was partly prompted by the many corona patients in hospitals.
“The mutation is already so widespread that it cannot be stopped,” said Frederiksen. The day before Christmas, 33 infections with the new variant of the coronavirus had already been diagnosed, and it is expected that it will prevail by mid-February. “But we can slow it down and take time so that we can vaccinate more people.”
The Danes have already vaccinated many people compared to other EU countries. In the country of 5.8 million people, more than 173,000 people have been infected and 1,420 people have died from Covid-19.