Denmark seeks support to reintroduce face mask use

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Denmark’s government says it will seek support in parliament for wearing face masks in public places amid a rise in coronavirus cases

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Copenhagen, Denmark – The Danish government on Wednesday said it would seek support in parliament for the wearing of face masks in public places amid a rise in coronavirus cases, officials said on Wednesday.

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“The delta variant is far more contagious, and it challenges us,” Health Minister Magnus Hunick said. “Therefore, we need to use these tools.”

“Although face masks are annoying, we can live with it,” said Soren Brostroem, head of the National Board of Health. “It’s a pity they had to come back, but they are necessary.”

Earlier this month, Denmark rolled out a digital COVID-19 pass months after it and restrictions were lifted. The pass now applies to nightclubs, cafes, party buses and indoor restaurants, but also to outdoor events where the number of people exceeds 2,000. The government also wants it to be used in public workplaces, higher education, hairdressers and tattoo parlors, but this would require the approval of lawmakers.

If passed by Parliament, the re-introduction of face masks and expanded use of digital passes will begin on November 29. The majority appears to support the proposal for a minority Social Democratic government.

Heinrich Ullam, head of the Statens Serum Institute – a government agency that maps the spread of the coronavirus in the Scandinavian country – called vaccines “our superweapon”. We are challenged by declining immunity, so we must have a third jab.

Denmark has said it will offer a booster shot and has started with older people and people who are vulnerable.

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