Blue parties skeptical about upgrading epidemic


Three right-wing parties are skeptical about whether covid-19 should be described as a socially critical disease again.

It writes Berlingske.

These are New Citizens, Danish People’s Party and Conservatives.

The latter’s health spokesman, Per Larsen, is also a member of the Folketing’s Epidemic Committee.

He emphasizes that the term gives the government wide powers to reintroduce restrictions such as distance requirements and requirements for bandages.

“I do not see the need for that right away. Then things must develop in a very negative direction, “he says to Berlingske.

Nye Borgerlige clearly states that the party will not vote for the disease to be described as socially critical.

“We in New Citizens will not show blind trust in the government. All parties should have learned this from the last few years’.

This is what health spokesperson Lars Boje Mathiesen says.

In the Danish People’s Party, health spokesperson Liselott Blixt informs Berlingske that they ‘could well think of’ opposing an upgrade of the assessment of the epidemic.

The debate has really started after the Minister of Health Magnus Heunicke (S) asked the Epidemic Commission to assess whether covid-19 should again be described as a socially critical disease.

That status had the disease from March 10, 2020 until September 10, 2021.

The reclassification means that the government does not need a majority in the Folketing to introduce restrictions. However, measures cannot be introduced if there is a majority against it in the Folketing’s Epidemic Committee.

According to the Epidemic Act, the term disease applies, which ’causes or risks causing serious disturbances of important societal functions’.

Søren Brostrøm, director of the National Board of Health, said on Friday evening that it is the board’s assessment that Danish hospitals can be pressured to a ‘critical’ point during the autumn and winter.

He further said that other patient groups are affected by the epidemic.

At the same time, this means that Allan Randrup Thomsen, who is a professor of virology at the University of Copenhagen, recommends that covid-19 is again described as a socially critical disease.

“I think that falls under the term ‘socially critical’,” he says.

The Radicals, the Socialist People’s Party and the Unity List all tell Berlingske that they will wait for the Epidemic Commission’s recommendations before deciding whether to vote for a reclassification of covid-19.

SF states, however, that they are in favor of reintroducing corona passport requirements.


Source: Politiken.dk – Forsiden by politiken.dk.

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