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Copenhagen (AFP) – Denmark will order the closure of cinemas, theaters and concert halls to try to stop the record increase in COVID-19 cases as a result of the new omicron variant, its prime minister announced on Friday.
The Scandinavian country registered a record of more than 11,000 cases in the last 24 hours, with a new peak of more than 2,500 of the omicron variant, the government reported.
“Theaters, cinemas, concert halls will have to close,” Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen declared during a press conference. “We have to limit our activity. We have to limit all of our social contacts,” he added.
Denmark, very advanced in terms of sequencing, is one of the countries in the world with the most cases of the omicron variant detected. The authorities foresee that omicron will become the majority variant in the coming days.
The measures announced this Friday have to be approved by Parliament.
“Our goal remains to keep society as open as possible,” Frederiksen said, ruling out lockdowns like the one in spring 2020 “because we have vaccines.”
The government will also ask for the closure of other places that bring together a lot of people, such as amusement parks, congress centers or museums.
Although the Christmas holidays have already been extended to cope with the increase in cases, the executive is still planning to go back to school on January 5.
As for nightlife, bars and restaurants will close at 11:00 pm and alcohol will not be served after 10:00 pm.
Almost a month after its identification, the omicron variant appears to be highly contagious and resistant to the vaccine, but the severity of the infections is still unknown.
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Denmark to close cinemas, theaters and concert halls in light of record number of covid-19 cases