Denmark becomes 1st European Union country to unmask

By Zamantha Pacariem

PHOTO: Claus Fisker/Ritzau Scanpix/via Reuters ; AFP/Thibault Savary)

Denmark has finally lifted all quarantine restrictions last Tuesday, making it the first European Union country to do so amid the recorded daily Covid-19 cases of the country reaching one percent of its total population.

With this, the use of Covid pass and face masks will no longer be mandatory except during hospital visits, while restrictions will still be applied to unvaccinated travelers from non-Schengen countries.

Moreover, those who had contacts are no longer required to undergo quarantine, while those with symptoms and those who tested positive are recommended to isolate for four days.

However, the World Health Organization (WHO) warns against the premature lifting of COVID restrictions, saying it is still too early to declare victory against the virus.

According to Eskild Petersen, an infectious disease specialist, "I would have liked for us to wait 10-14 days after changing quarantine rules before abandoning masks and opening up nightlife.”

This was contradicted by the government, saying that the Omicron is not a severe disease for the vaccinated, so it is reasonable to lift restrictions.

It is estimated that more than 60 percent of the population have received a third dose of the vaccine, and with those who had Covid, it is estimated that 80 percent are protected against severe effects of the disease.

Denmark first lowered all quarantine regulations last September 2021 but was then again reintroduced last November of the same year. 


Edited by Ricci Cassandra Lim
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