Museums, zoos, theaters and cinemas in Copenhagen and other Danish cities began re-opening today, as the Denmark’s government has decided to accelerate the end of the COVID-19 lockdown.
All entertainment establishments and attractions were due to stay shut until June 8, but the re-opening started on Thursday, ahead of schedule, after virologists announced that the COVID-19 epidemic was slowing despite the lifting of quarantine measures.
The Danish health agency SSI said the coronavirus rate of transmission (R) had fallen to 0.6, down from 0.7 on May 7, meaning that the outbreak is slowing. An R rate of 0.6 means that 100 virus patients typically infect another 60 people, meaning that the number of cases falls over time.
Danish authorities have reported 11,182 cases and 561 deaths in total, while 18 people are currently in intensive care. Another SSI report showed that only one percent of Danes were carrying antibodies.
A deal agreed in parliament last night will also see the border opened to residents of Nordic countries and Germany who want to visit relatives or second homes. Last Friday, the country reported no new COVID-19 cases for the first time since the crisis began to engulf Europe in March. “We now have the coronavirus under control,” Danish PM Mette Frederiksen said last week.