Denmark is to lift all remaining COVID-19 restrictions, with Omicron hospital admissions and deaths remaining stable and high rates of vaccination.Â
â€œTonight we can shrug our shoulders and find the smile again. We have incredibly good news, we can now remove the last coronavirus restrictions in Denmark,â€ Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said at a press conference, following recommendations from the Epidemic Commission and with all the main political partiesâ€™ support. The last restrictions will be dropped on February 1.
The announcement comes as a new subvariant of Omicron, BA.2, is gaining a foothold in Denmark and driving infections up, with 46,000 new COVID-19 cases recorded on Wednesday.
â€œRecent weeks have seen very high infection rates, in fact the highest in the entire pandemic,â€ Frederiksen said. â€œTherefore, it may seem strange and paradoxical that we are now ready to let go of the restrictions.â€Â
Health Minister Magnus Heunicke added: â€œThe situation in Denmark is that we have this decoupling between infections and intensive care patients, and it is mainly due to the large attachment among Danes to revaccination. That is the reason why it is safe and the right thing to do now.â€
Some 82 percent of Denmarkâ€™s population aged 12 and over is fully vaccinated with two doses, of whom 50 percent are boosted with a third dose, according to the Danish Health and Medicines Authority.