Denmark says coronavirus is under control
Police from North Jutland Police patrols as stores reopen in the pedestrian zone and living areas in Aalborg, Denmark. AFP
Denmark, which is slowly lifting restrictions to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, has brought the disease under control, the prime minister said on Wednesday.
"The infection is under control and the Danish strategy has succeeded in a first, difficult phase," Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen told parliament.
In mid-March, Copenhagen closed nurseries, primary and secondary schools, as well as cafes, restaurants, bars, gyms and hair salons. Gatherings of more than 10 people were banned.
Some of the measures have since been lifted, with reopenings of schools for children up to age 11, as well as small businesses such as hairdressers and tattoo parlours. A second phase of reopenings is scheduled to begin on May 10.
On April 1, the Scandinavian country widened its testing to include people showing mild symptoms. Previously only those displaying moderate to severe symptoms were tested.
Denmark on Wednesday confirmed a total of 9,206 cases since the beginning of the outbreak and 443 deaths.