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Denmark extends lockdown by at least three weeks

Christian Fernsby |
Denmark on Wednesday extended hard lockdown measures by at least three weeks to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

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Topics: DENMARK   

Denmark has so far registered 208 cases of the new variant dubbed cluster B 1.1.7., which was first registered in Britain and has spread across Europe.

“It is the growth that is extremely worrying,” Health Minister Magnus Heunicke told a news conference late on Wednesday.

“This means that we will see a situation with sharply increasing infection rates later in the winter, if the situation continues as it is now,” he said.

In the first week of January, 3.6% of all positive cases were the more transmissible variant, up from 2.4% at the end of December.

The reproduction number, a measure of how many people one person infects on average, is currently around 0.9. But in isolation, the figure for the new variant is around 1.2, authorities said on Wednesday.


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