Denmark, Norway, Austria, Czech Republic Are Carefully Lifting Coronavirus Restrictions

From Wednesday, Denmark children aged 11 and younger will return to schools and nurseries, after a month of closures. Denmark, Norway, Czech Republic and Austria are the first European countries that are slowly lifting lockdown.

They are re-opening some stores and schools.

Austria some shops reopen this Tuesday and other stores, restaurants and hotels will open in May.

Children go back to Norway’s kindergartens on 20 April and junior schools a week later.

Bulgaria farmers’ markets are reopening. In the Czech Republic, shops selling building materials and bikes are back in business and rules have been relaxed for open-air recreation areas.

Spain, which along with Italy has been hardest hit by Covid-19, will allow non-essential workers back to work from Monday and will hand out protective masks at stations.

Denmark Closed Early

Denmark was an early closer in Europe. Denmark coronavirus restrictions were started on March 11. This was 12 days before measures in the UK.

Denmark limited gatherings to 10 people, the workforce told to stay home, and the borders were shut.

Denmark’s hospital’s are in good shape with a lot of capacity.

Opening up will take time, and there will be lots of new rules.

Written By Brian Wang,

32 thoughts on “Denmark, Norway, Austria, Czech Republic Are Carefully Lifting Coronavirus Restrictions”

  1. It is simple. Younger, asymptomatic population with luck of testing. If you have more money and look and test for Rona you will find out much more if you don’t…. Now, are we overreacting with the measures? Just a few months ago I was bitching that if we take all kind of security theater measures at airports then with way less deaths from terrorism then why we don’t take for seriously, which v kills 40k in use alone reach year. And my wish granted.

  2. my oh my, everybody has an opinion. One of these days the lights will come on and we will know something.

  3. It is not just the conveyance utilized. Public transport also leads to a lot of foot traffic on the sidewalks, because people are not dropped off at their destination, just somewhere close. In New York, that means a lot of people passing by each other at much less than 6 feet.

  4. As long as they go very slowly and test a lot this is likely to be the best approach to partially reopening the economies. However, a big chunk of the service sector will likely not reopen until a large proportion of the population is vaccinated against SARS-CoV2. Note, if they start the partial reopening they’ll also need to be at a low infection rate and I’m not sure they are there yet so this might be premature. Since, the lag time between being infected and showing symptoms is significant and people can spread COVID-19 before showing symptoms any failure in this scheme will present the possibility of kicking off a second wave.

  5. They’re hot, but poor countries. Hot but well-off countries have air conditioning, which allows the virus to survive longer. Most Indians don’t have the luxuries that Singaporeans do, and that’s working in their favour here.

  6. There’s only a 15% success rate on ventilators because of the ridiculously large shortage of ventilators, they’re just using them on the worst-of-the-worst cases.

  7. I never considered public transport where I live it does not really exist. I can see how that would be a major factor.

  8. Agreed. From a purely mathematical standpoint if 17% of the population does not follow the lockdown there is no way to reduce the infection rate below the threshold required for the pandemic to stop even if everyone else is following the rules perfectly. This means that in the end everyone that is not completely isolated and self sufficient will get in contact with someone infected long enough the get infected.
    I might add that we do not have any long term data on this infection so hoping to get it in an asymptomatic form and brush it off might just be totally irresponsible:
    -We do not know if the virus can reoccur either with symptoms or asymptomatic but infective again.
    -We do not know if the virus causes other damages in patients that got symptoms nor in patients that did not have symptoms. What happens if promotes tumor occurrence or immunodeficiency in a significant potions of the infected patients after a couple of years, or after five years?
    IT IS NOT JUST A COLD, it might not be terrible, but it might as well be and we do not know it yet. It has simply not been around long enough for us to know.

  9. It’s not police state lock down, it is executing reasonable measures to prevent pandemic from overwhelming medical facilities. I am sure as happy that Czech Republic did not follow the Italian scenario.

  10. And I say bring out the army and Point guns at people to keep them in their homes if that’s what you have to do.

    We don’t need to do that! Absolutely not! We just need to use common sense.

  11. People keep saying it’s early. India’s first official cases were reported in early January. If this virus is as rampant as we’re being told it is, so much so that we must all be imprisoned in our homes, then countries like India, Bangladesh, Pakistan etc, should all be completely ravaged by now. I’ll patiently wait and see what happens …

  12. I am a libertarian. I decry government over reach, big government and anyone’s attempt to dominate another person. I believe in personal freedoms and individual creativity and communication as a way of solving problems. And I say bring out the army and Point guns at people to keep them in their homes if that’s what you have to do. This is a global pandemic not a joke. If you want to see Sanity look at what’s happening in South Korea they had only only a few new cases yesterday versus the USA where they have mass Graves in New York . difference is instituting a lockdown in South Korea and allowing the disease to run rampant in the USA and then instituting a lock down when it’s too late. I don’t like it either but there’s no other way it’s that simple.

  13. dude you don’t know what you’re talking about. CV kills 15% of the convalescent 75 year olds that were sick enough to be tested and found to carry it – it kills approximately 0% of 220lb corrections officers like my brother, who could make juice from your neck with their bare hands.

  14. because its early. because its still possible to hide cases. its an exponential curve. thats why china could hide it for a month while the Curve was still small but unmistakedly deadly. with close living conditions in the slums covid has to be taking hold in india.

    be careful, iran and indonesia were going to escape covid necause of religious devotion and the sweden was going to esvape covid bevause of their social system.

    nationalism and propoganda will save none of us. social isolation and washing our hands will.

  15. Dude… people from all ages dye from it, if your a sportsman businessmen or a redneck it doesn’t matter. Your body has not seen this virus before and it kills ~15%, and yes lets hope your brother survives, but be aware if you had been in contact and you dont take distance then you can infect and kill other people, its not a simple flu to many people world wide have died, so wake up out of your conspiracy theories, hospitals work 24hours show respect to people working in health care.

  16. Days turn to weeks and there is no rampant viral infections ravaging India. Government is hiding the numbers you say? I don’t think so. it would be impossible to hide the sick and the dead by now.


  17. The easy counter argument is that the distancing measures merely delay the curve. It does not prevent a single case. With a 15% success rate on ventilators that means worse case if the medical systems were overwhelmed and all patients had to ride it out at home there would be a 15% increase in deaths. Instead of the projected 60k deaths we’d have 69k deaths. Still below the yearly noise level.

  18. You still purposefully fail to comprehend their results are due to their mitigating measures. Incompetence and buffoonery will yield different results.

  19. It has only happened like that according to CNN. Luckily the HQZ trials are showing 90% success. It is over already. Orange man bad though right? Remember saying all this when the math shows we statistically had no blips in death rate.

  20. With the latest revision of 60k fluffed projected US deaths (anyone who dies with asymptomatic CV also tallied in) it is now obviously a hoax of epidemic proportions. The results of the economic damage is just starting and won’t end anytime soon even if they lifted the illegal lockdowns today. Suicide increases alone might counter the economic lockdown gains. General quality of life decreases for the lower earners almost certainly will.

  21. There is one thing that sets New York City apart from most other American cities…public transit and high reliance on taxis, ride-sharing and such.
    Los Angeles has a similar number of international travel/visitors (Ca 7m, NY 10m) and is closer to China and other Asian cities. L.A. has terrible public transit and only the very poor/homeless, too young, too old and people who have lost/suspended drivers licenses use it. Even the diehard environmentalists find some way to get an electric or hybrid vehicle or at least an electric scooter/bike. 265 deaths in L.A., but New York is at several thousand. And L.A. and California had more cases early than anyone. California had 10 of the first 20 cases. New York zero…or at least zero recognized.

    I think all this suggests public transit is a major contributor.

    Also consider that it is much easier to track a group at a party than a random assemblage of people in a subway car.

  22. Thank the Lord. Good for the bulgarians and Eastern Europe. I was pretty certain that when the Vagisil ran out people were going to have to man up.

  23. I think it is reckless to open things up in countries that have been hit very hard and medical care had reached it limits. The risk of a massive second wave that they can’t come close to handling is just too great. Spain still has over 7,000 people in serious condition.
    If nothing else, perhaps it will let the US know what the result would be if we did the same, so we don’t walk off the same cliff.
    Honestly though, I think there are States that can probably let up. There are 32 States with less than 30 dead out of a million, it probably is not a big deal, to let up there. That still leaves 18 though. And those with over 100, I would be very very hesitant: New York, New Jersey, Louisiana, Michigan, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.
    Spain is at 363 deaths per million. That is very high. Loosening measures now…doesn’t sound brilliant. Of the States, only New York is above that level.
    And regardless of where people are, I think face masks are a must for the next 3 months, at least.
    Well, no cases in Samoa, The Solomons, Tonga, Vanuatu, and other random islands. And Papua New Guinea still looks pretty clean. They should probably insist on tests and masks for visitors, but otherwise life as normal should be fine.

  24. There was a research that the big majority of people get infected from people they live with, big gatherings that last for some time, and maybe children in school where the children come home and bring the infection to, not even public transportation. All other forms of sheltering we currently using do not change the picture by much but have a huge economic cost!
    They concluded that the best way to fight the epidemic is not testing more people or even more tests as a first priority but focusing on testing the most likely to be infected according to the criteria above, so they can be tested immediately and for several times. Establishing spaces and a criteria to move people under isolation to dedicated isolation centers like re purposed hotels using a scale that takes into account how crowded their living household space is and how many people at high risk they share it with. Manufacturing, Distributing an mandating masks. In sum the research concluded that currently we are able to break the infection chain 20% of the time and we can do it much more often!

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