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Denmark Lifts All COVID-19 Travel Restrictions, Becoming First EU Country to Do So

Denmark’s government has decided to lift all COVID-19 restrictions within the country, becoming the first country in the European Union to implement such changes to its rules.

Although the recent update of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) revealed that with the exception of some regions in Poland and Romania, all other countries in Europe are still severely affected by the spread of the Corona virus and are therefore placed in the dark. -Red category, the authorities in Denmark no longer consider the virus a “socially dangerous disease”.

The lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, imposed by Danish authorities in order to keep the coronavirus situation under control, means travelers no longer have to wear face masks or use a Covid vaccination certificate in order to enter bars, restaurants, and other indoor venues, TheSchengen.com reports. .

In addition, the mandatory quarantine requirement for people who have tested positive for the virus has also been abolished.

Nobody knows what will happen next December. But we have promised the citizens of Denmark that we will have restrictions only if they are really necessary, and we will lift them as quickly as possible. This is what is happening now,” Danish Health Minister Magnus Heunick noted in this regard as reported by CNN.

Epidemiologist Lone Simonsen of Roskilde University stressed that “since Omicron is not a critical disease for vaccination, we think it is reasonable to lift restrictions,” according to AFP news.

Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, authorities in Denmark have reported a total of 1,742,569 coronavirus cases and 3,755 deaths, based on data provided by the World Health Organization.

In addition, the same source states that the Scandinavian country has recorded a total of 304,388 new cases of COVID-19 in the past seven days and 134 deaths.

Like many other European countries, Danish authorities have also reported cases of the Omicron variant.

However, despite the current epidemiological situation, Denmark’s decision to abolish all COVID-19 travel restrictions comes after the country’s vaccination rate rose, according to experts.

More than 80 percent of the population over the age of five has received two vaccinations, and more than 60 percent of the population has received the booster vaccine.

In order to facilitate the travel process amid the ongoing epidemiological situation, the authorities in Denmark previously announced that they had decided to familiarize themselves with several other travel vaccinations.

This decision was confirmed by a press release issued by the country’s Ministry of Health, while it indicated that the list of approved vaccines for entry into Denmark would be expanded.

Besides vaccines approved for use by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), Denmark now accepts the following four additional vaccines as valid proof of immunization: Covaxin, Covishield, Sinopharm and Sinovac.

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