Fri, 22 Jan 2021

COPENHAGEN, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- The Danish Ministry of Health on Tuesday announced the decision to introduce new national COVID-19 recommendations and restrictions, focusing on young residents and the Copenhagen metropolitan area.

According to the ministry, citizens in the 15-25 age group in 17 metropolitan municipalities in and around the Copenhagen area have been identified as the principal driver of transmissions and called upon to "let yourself be tested before Christmas."

The health authorities will utilize testing facilities aimed principally at the young, which will "move like a caravan" through all 17 affected municipalities, said Minister of Health, Magnus Heunicke, adding that he hoped the initiative would test around 200,000 young people.

The government also recommends that teaching and examinations at higher educational institutions inside the municipalities be conducted online.

"It is necessary to introduce stricter measures for children and young people's school life in the 17 municipalities where the infection is particularly high right now," said Soren Brostrom, the director general of the Danish Health Authority.

According to the ministry's data, the infection rate among residents in the metropolitan area accounted for 50 percent of all confirmed cases in the country during Nov. 21-27.

The proposals were issued after Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen earlier expressed grave concern on Facebook that "infection rates are worryingly high."

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