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Denmark becomes first EU country to lift all COVID restrictions

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This is what is possible when nations put the health care of their people ahead of political gamesmanship.

12 ( +23 / -11 )

Some good sense here, in direct opposition to the madness in Austria.

The virus isn't going away.

3 ( +17 / -14 )

No forced vaccinations, no segregation of non vaxxed, freedom to 'exercise personal responsibility'. Well done Denmark!

7 ( +26 / -19 )

A well informed and well-educated country without the far-right nuts and anti-vaxers who pollute the airwaves and con people out of their money and their lives.

1 ( +16 / -15 )

when common sense and reality prevails,Finland to follow anytime soon.

Japan maybe in ...let me guess...2024?

when than japanese PM will have public anouncement in TV...as herd will wait for that.

0 ( +11 / -11 )

Tyra Krause of Denmark's public health and research institution SSI said meanwhile she expected COVID-19 to return in regular waves, "like the flu".

"Just the flu", you finally figured it out eh?

Well done Denmark.

50,000 cases a day but they don't care.

The countries still imposing restrictions are gonna end up being pariahs

-2 ( +17 / -19 )

I guess everyone's on board the next plane for Denmark.

0 ( +9 / -9 )

Hallelujah! The beginning of the end!

0 ( +15 / -15 )

Are you leaving Japan soo?

Well,the government is asking you to defer your return!

Nevermind that Covid is all over Japan and that stopping the virus is no longer feasible.

The government still keeps up the pretense that the ‘fear’ of infectious diseases is still from the outside.

Maybe when the booster shots are finally finished there might be some change?

-1 ( +8 / -9 )

"We have an extremely high coverage of adults vaccinated with three doses," epidemiologist Lone Simonsen of the University of Roskilde told AFP.

BINGO!

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Monday that it has granted full approval to Moderna's Covid-19 "Spikevax" vaccine, which had previously received an emergency use authorization in the United States.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/moderna-covid-vaccine-gets-full-us-approval/ar-AATkIxs

And this is certainly good news, right? Another vindication that Operation Warp Speed was a fabulous success and created vaccines that are "medical miracles" according to one former President...who has urged all his supporters to get vaxed and boosted...

And of course, they will, right?

-2 ( +8 / -10 )

Concerned CitizenToday  01:26 pm JST

No forced vaccinations, no segregation of non vaxxed, freedom to 'exercise personal responsibility'. Well done Denmark!

Where on Earth (except maybe China) are there 'forced' vaccinations, segregation of vaxed and un-vaxed and no freedom to 'exercise personal responsibility.

Certainly not in Japan, nor where I live in NZ, or anywhere I know of for that matter.

5 ( +14 / -9 )

Going forward, Danes are being urged to exercise personal responsibility, Simonsen said.

How is it different from what Australia did, and see where they ended up.

-4 ( +6 / -10 )

Good luck to them, but I wouldn't want to live there knowing the still high COVID numbers, hospitalisations and deaths there. Masks, distancing and vaccinations are small prices to pay for keeping as many people safe as possible.

-8 ( +9 / -17 )

Does this mean the Danes are going to ignore Covid-19 and pretend it doesn’t exist anymore?

Is that the wise thing to do?

-4 ( +9 / -13 )

letsberealisticToday  01:56 pm JST

Where on Earth (except maybe China) are there 'forced' vaccinations, segregation of vaxed and un-vaxed and no freedom to 'exercise personal responsibility.

Certainly not in Japan, nor where I live in NZ, or anywhere I know of for that matter.

https://www.business.govt.nz/covid-19/my-vaccine-pass-work-vaccination-mandate/

I think you need to take your blinkers off!

24 day quarantine?? You kiwis are in for some fun times….NOT

-3 ( +8 / -11 )

well done Denmark. Another logic based decision based on facts and science.

8 ( +18 / -10 )

letsberealistic

Where on Earth (except maybe China) are there 'forced' vaccinations, segregation of vaxed and un-vaxed and no freedom to 'exercise personal responsibility.

Certainly not in Japan, nor where I live in NZ, or anywhere I know of for that matter.

Austria as of today. Germany is on the verge.

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220120-austria-makes-covid-vaccination-mandatory-in-eu-first

8 ( +12 / -4 )

godt gået Danmark

-7 ( +5 / -12 )

It’s pretty galling to see the “Well done Denmark” comments from posters here who have never at any stage supported the vaccines, when Denmark is relying on the high percentage of vaccinated people in the country for the success of this move. Do you anti-vaxxers have any idea of the hypocrisy of your position?

-2 ( +14 / -16 )

Does this mean the Danes are going to ignore Covid-19 and pretend it doesn’t exist anymore?

It means that they will treat it like the flu - accept that every year, many will get sick, and a small proportion of those will be hospitalized. Good to see logic prevail.

5 ( +17 / -12 )

As long as they won't cut the SOE benefits we can do that too.

However, many people in Japan don't want to go back to work :D

0 ( +5 / -5 )

Congratulations on embracing vaccines, Danes! Over 60 percent 3rd dose - and rising fast - shows Danes sure do believe in the science.

5 ( +13 / -8 )

It’s pretty galling to see the “Well done Denmark” comments from posters here who have never at any stage supported the vaccines, when Denmark is relying on the high percentage of vaccinated people in the country for the success of this move. Do you anti-vaxxers have any idea of the hypocrisy of your position?

No, they honestly cannot - it's quite unbelievable but it seems they truly cannot even when it's staring them in the face.

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Its definitely risky. Demark has decided to be Guinea pig for the whole world. Hopefully they can keep their kids population safe, I mean without any side/long term effects. We'll see.

-2 ( +6 / -8 )

I guess everyone's on board the next plane for Denmark.

Cold, dark and dreary this time of year but they have finally gotten it right regarding Covid.

-2 ( +8 / -10 )

Denmark is right. Still has 40000 cases, 20 deaths a day for 60% of the population boostered.

6 ( +10 / -4 )

I hope this works out well, would be a good example to the world

4 ( +6 / -2 )

People who don't want the vaccine understand the risks on both ends of the equation....

if they understand the risk, why do many of them beg for a nurse to vaccinate them just before being intubated, not understanding it's too late for that?.

1 ( +7 / -6 )

People who don't want the vaccine understand the risks on both ends of the equation. 

that's quite a statement

Mine would be the opposite

3 ( +7 / -4 )

Didn't the UK do this a week ago?

2 ( +5 / -3 )

75% of hospitalisation in Denmark is among the fully vaccinated…

Denmarks “success obviously has nothing to do with the Vaccines and more to do with the mild nature of the Omicron strain!

https://www.coronaheadsup.com/coronavirus/denmark-about-70-of-covid-hospitalizations-are-fully-vaccinated/

-6 ( +6 / -12 )

Stupid decision. Glad I dont live there. Way to early and people will die because of it. Dont be surprised if they again revert to taking measures to reduce infections.

-3 ( +5 / -8 )

Denmarks “success obviously has nothing to do with the Vaccines and more to do with the mild nature of the Omicron strain!

Despite what the health authority cited in the article said, that is still what's obvious to you =)

Carry on

5 ( +11 / -6 )

Brave Denmark. Other countries can watch and learn. Next couple of weeks there will be important. Hopefully it will be successful and others can follow suit.

2 ( +7 / -5 )

Sound decision!

Good one DENMARK!

2 ( +7 / -5 )

geronimo2006

Brave Denmark. Other countries can watch and learn. Next couple of weeks there will be important. Hopefully it will be successful and others can follow suit.

Unfortunately it's too early. But I thought the UK had given up before Denmark. Didn't they relax all restrictions?

In any case, we are not talking about an endemic virus yet.

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It seems many from the pro vax camp are somewhat disappointed omicron is mild because it casts a shadow of doubt over who takes the glory as the pandemic winds up.

Was it the vaccines or the natural mutation into a mild virus?

-2 ( +7 / -9 )

Was it the vaccines or the natural mutation into a mild virus?

Something for you to think about, it's probably not one or the other

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@Mr Kipling

Didn't the UK do this a week ago?

I thought England did at least (Scotland, N Ireland and Wales still have some restrictions)

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Yukijin

It seems many from the pro vax camp are somewhat disappointed omicron is mild because it casts a shadow of doubt over who takes the glory as the pandemic winds up. 

Was it the vaccines or the natural mutation into a mild virus?

There are thousands of deaths daily from Omicron. But one of the reasons that it’s mild is that people are vaccinated.

2 ( +7 / -5 )

SanjinosebleedToday  02:10 pm JST

letsberealisticToday  01:56 pm JST

Where on Earth (except maybe China) are there 'forced' vaccinations, segregation of vaxed and un-vaxed and no freedom to 'exercise personal responsibility.

Certainly not in Japan, nor where I live in NZ, or anywhere I know of for that matter.

https://www.business.govt.nz/covid-19/my-vaccine-pass-work-vaccination-mandate/

I think you need to take your blinkers off!

24 day quarantine?? You kiwis are in for some fun times….NOT

Maybe you should clarify your definition of 'forced'.

Quarantine is forced, but you didn't mention that and that is simply a measure to protect the community.

Vaccinations are mandatory (not 'forced') for certain jobs, and to enter certain premises but not 'forced' - they do it voluntarily or they don't. Would you want your Grandad to go to his local clinic not knowing whether the staff are vaccinated or not?!

Most NZers are very happy with the rules and it has paid off nicely with very low cases and deaths thank you very much.

0 ( +8 / -8 )

Whether it’s too early or not for the Danes to be doing something like this none of knows yet, but time will tell. It’s important for those of us who have always done the right thing, got ourselves vaccinated, followed the health protocols, supported the health authorities advice etcetera, to remind ourselves that this, the resumption of a more or less normal life, was what it was all supposed to be for. In that sense, the Danes are the guinea pigs for all of us, and we should be wishing them well. It is galling for us to have to listen to those people who have done nothing to advance the cause, who have resisted every health measure from masking up to vaccination, who have contributed more to the advance of the virus rather than the advances of human resistance to it, carrying on as though nothing we’ve done over the past two years has made any difference. Bad as it is, the toll of death and illness over those years would have been multiple times worse without our efforts. And we, the responsible people, know we’ll always have that, and whether the anti-vaxxers and their ilk acknowledge it or not, they won’t.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Last summer the UK also lifted the restrictions since the vaccination rate was great... well, we all see how it ended up when the virus mutates too much. Denmark, on it's highest incidence rate ever, basically surrendered and hopes, that there will be no further, more dangerous variant after Omicron.

1 ( +5 / -4 )

it’s pretty galling to see the “Well done Denmark” comments from posters here who have never at any stage supported the vaccines, when Denmark is relying on the high percentage of vaccinated people in the country for the success of this move. Do you anti-vaxxers have any idea of the hypocrisy of your position?

Thats like thanking the iceberg for a successful crossing of the Atlantic. And entirely predictable that the fanatics would actually call this a success for the vaccines. Its the opposite.

Denmark has done away with all restriction not because of the success of the vaccines but because they've....not quite been so effective, shall we say.

Denmark is currently going through the highest rate of infections of any country - ever. Along with Israel who are onto their 4th shot. 

Deaths in Denmark are also at their highest than at any other point except for a few weeks last January and the rise shows no signs of stopping. 

The Danes have learned their lesson. The only difference is their leaders can admit they were wrong.

-2 ( +5 / -7 )

With a population of 5.5 million, they are having up to 50,000 new covid cases per day, or about 1% of their population. That is a rate of infection that is even worse than in the States. So what they are saying is that those who choose to be unprotected, or who have weak immune systems, are on their own, except for help from their socialized medical system.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

Denmark on Tuesday becomes the first European Union country to lift all of its COVID restrictions despite record numbers of cases, relying on its high vaccination rate to cope with the milder Omicron variant.

A high vaccination rate, an educated and sensible population is what Denmark has going for it.

There are risks in opening up when the infections rates are high, it’s a gamble but for the sake of the Danish people I hope it pays off.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

Denmark has done away with all restriction not because of the success of the vaccines but because they've....not quite been so effective, shall we say.

Anyone who read the article will not say that, but the anti vaxxers are anti vaxxers because of reading and comprehension related issues.

3 ( +7 / -4 )

Anyone who read the article will not say that, but the anti vaxxers are anti vaxxers because of reading and comprehension related issues.

Yes, indeed. 90% + vaccination rate, record number new infections and rising deaths sound like great success now that I think about it.

-7 ( +3 / -10 )

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